CEO meets representatives of political parties
JAMMU: Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), J&K, Shailendra Kumar Friday interacted with the representatives of recognized political parties in the State on various issues related to the electoral process, especially on Special Summary Revision and updation of Electoral Rolls.
The CEO held wide ranging discussions with the political leaders and also sought their views on the forthcoming elections in the State. He briefed on the preparedness of the authorities for smooth conduct of Parliamentary as well as Assembly Elections.
While seeking cooperation from the Political parties to ensure complete transparency in the electoral process, the CEO urged the leaders to make optimal use of the on-line facilities of various services being offered by the Election Commission of India through online portal.
He urged them to educate the people through their workers and Booth Level Agents (BLAs) to enroll new voters, delete the names of dead voters and rectification of wrong entries/particulars.
Sharing the progress on SSR-2019 for which the final publication date was Ist January 2019, Shailendra said that the exercise was launched on Ist of September, 2018, but the date was extended by the Election Commission of India for J&K State along with some other States till 31st January, 2019.
During this period, as many as 307813 additions, 125834 deletions, 94565 corrections and 14989 transpositions were made. The process of addition of any left out eligible electors shall continue as part of continuous updation process till 31st January so that no eligible voter is left out. He requested the political parties to use their good offices and help in facilitating the people in this important exercise.
Briefing about the functioning of EVMs, the CEO informed that to ensure complete transparency in the electoral process, now the Election Commission has added another component called VVPATs which shall be available at each and every polling station to further enhance the confidence of voters. To familiarize the voters and BLAs about the functioning of EVM-VVPAT, a massive awareness programme is being launched soon whereby the election officials will be visiting every nook and corner of the State to educate the masses. Necessary instructions in this behalf have been conveyed to the District Election Officers (Deputy Commissioners), said the CEO.
He further informed that the Election Commission of India has allocated 17,000 additional EVMs with VVPAT facilities to the State for being used in the ensuing elections. He said as and when the machines will reach in different district headquarters, the concerned District Election Officers (Deputy Commissioners) will inform the Political parties to inspect these machines and after their proper satisfaction the same will be stored in the designated strong rooms under proper security. Such instructions have already been issued to the concerned DEOs.