Haryana chief electoral officer Srikant Walgad said on Wednesday that the election department has issued electoral photo identity cards (EPIC) made of PVC to about eight lakh new voters in Haryana during revision of electoral rolls.
The security features in the new PVC EPIC prevents duplication, forging and tampering.
Walgad, while addressing a press conference, said that logos on the new EPIC would be visible only in ultraviolet light.
"Apart from the newly added voters, PVC EPIC cards would be issued to all new voters in future as mandated by the election commission. However, old laminated photo identity cards issued earlier would not be replaced," he said.
Walgad said that Haryana has registered an increase in gender ratio during the summary revision of photo electoral rolls, as it rose to 847 in 2014, whereas it was 839 in 2013 and 837 in 2012.
"The gender ratio of the nearly eight lakh new voters added during the revision in 2014 is 930. The gender ratio in the age group 20-29 years is 1236, and the same was about 1200 in age group 30-39.
The department has started campaigns in colleges to enroll more voters," he added.
Walgad said that presently 16,129 polling stations were functional across the state, including 4485 in urban and 11,644 in rural areas. In 2009, the number of polling stations was 12,894 on 8945 locations. Information about polling stations would be available online.
Asked whether the Aadhaar can be used as identity proof during election, Walgad told that the election commission would issue guidelines in this regard during polls.