JK to revise electoral rolls from next month
Srinagar, Sep 23: Jammu and Kashmir will undergo one of the biggest exercises for revision of electoral rolls from next month to update the voters’ population.
To be undertaken by the Election Commission of India, the exercise, which will start on October 1 and end in January 2012, will be conducted parallel to the similar process in other states.
Officials said the main purpose of the revision process is to update the rolls in both Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir.
“It (exercise) will start on October 1 and end on January 5, 2012. It is mandatory under the Peoples Representative Act to revise the rolls every year,” said State Chief Electoral Officer, BR Sharma. His office will be supervising the whole exercise in Jammu and Kashmir.
The revised electoral rolls, which will involve inclusion of fresh voters, correction of names, and addition/deletion of voters, will be published by January 7, 2012. “This time also we will be publishing photo rolls like last year,” Sharma said.
The concept of photo rolls has been introduced to avoid bogus voting.
Jammu and Kashmir had enumerated more than 65 lakh voters during last revision of electoral rolls for both Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies.
The state comprises six parliamentary constituencies- three in Kashmir, two in Jammu and one in Ladakh. Besides the state has 87 Assembly constituencies- 46 in Kashmir, 37 in Jammu and four in Ladakh.
Sharma said once the electoral rolls are revised the state will have clear picture of voters’ population in JK including male and female voters and those who will be exercising the voting right for the first time.
Officials said government employees from different departments will be engaged in revision of rolls and the exercise will be simultaneously undertaken in all 22 districts of the state.
A detailed schedule for inclusion/deletion of voters will be announced by the Election Commission following which the photo electoral rolls will be published.
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