Imphal: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced the schedule for Special Summary Revision with respect to January 1, 2022, as the qualifying date. Any citizen of India who is born on or before January 1, 2004, shall be eligible to enrol in the Electoral Roll from November 1, 2021.
This was stated by Rajesh Agrawal, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Manipur, during a press conference held in the presence of Joint Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur, Ramananda Nongmeikapam and Co-ordinator, Permanent Media Cell & State Nodal Officer for Media, Waikhom Phajatombi at the Conference Hall of Chief Electoral Officer, Manipur, Lamphelpat on Thursday.
The CEO highlighted the various activities taken up for the ensuing General Election, 2022. The Schedule of Special Summary Revision, 2022 includes pre-revision activities and revision activities.
As part of the pre-revision activities, removal of all DSEs/multiples entries/logical errors etc, H2H verification through BLOs (as needed), Proper formation of sections; and rationalization of polling stations from August 9, 2021, to October 31, 2021.
The Revision activities include Publication of Integrated draft electoral roll on November 1, 2021, Period for filing claims & objections from November 1, 2021, to November 30, 2021, Special campaign dates are November 13 & 14, 2021 and November 27&28, 2021, Disposal of claims and objections by December 20, 2021, and final publication of electoral roll by January 5, 2022.
Agrawal also informed that any eligible citizen who attains the age of 18 as on January 1, 2021, can enrol in the Electoral Roll before the Summary Revision. Any eligible citizen can also enrol in www.nvsp.in, www.voterportal.in, Voter Helpline Mobile App or submit application forms to the concerned Booth Level Officer (BLO) or Electoral Registration Officer (ERO).
During continuous updation, about 80,365 forms were received from January 15, 2021, till date wherein about 25 per cent of the application forms are received online. The number of forms received from January 15, 2021, till September 22, 2021, are Form 6 – 22438, Form 7 – 7316, Form 8 – 49689 and Form 8A – 1192.
CEO, Manipur also stated that proposals for the rationalisation of polling stations have been received from the District Election Officers. A consolidated proposal has been sent to Election Commission on September 22, 2021. He asserted that maximum efforts have been put into shifting the old and dilapidated polling stations to good condition polling stations by making field visits by the DEOs and EROs and in consultation with the political parties.
As per ECI Instruction, new polling stations have been proposed for those polling stations having more than 1200 electors. In order to make polling stations more accessible to the voters, polling stations are also proposed in such a way that a voter does not have to walk for more than 2 Kms. In total, an additional 64 polling stations are proposed and sent to ECI for approval.
Rajesh Agrawal informed that EVMs have been distributed to all the districts. The First Level Checking of EVMs will start from October 4, 2021, in all the districts. For this, 32 engineers will be deputed from Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL).
For the first time in the country, an additional Pre-FLC shall be conducted with the help of FLCU machine in Manipur and Goa. In addition, the usual manual FLC shall also be conducted. The entire process of FLC shall be webcast for monitoring by CEO and ECI. All necessary arrangements have been made. All DEOs and DyDEOs have attended a workshop on FLC organised by ECI on September 17, 2021. Training for FLC Supervisors will be held on September 25, 2021, at CEO’s office.
For smooth coordination, State Nodal Officers have also been identified and a round of meetings was held on September 7, 2021.
With the sole objective of giving maximum awareness to the electors, SVEEP Programme has been launched from September 3, 2021. In order to create more awareness, 12 State Icons from diverse fields have been identified at the State level and have started engaging them for various activities, CEO informed.