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J&K to have photo electoral rolls

india Updated: Apr 30, 2007 12:47 IST

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The Election Commission will prepare photo-electoral rolls for voters in Jammu and Kashmir in an attempt to prevent impersonation, official sources said.

"Now all the electoral rolls would have pictures of the voters, which would be tallied with their ID cards, leaving no room for any confusion or impersonation," a senior Election Commission official said. The process would be undertaken from next month.

The voters in Jammu and Kashmir have photo ID cards. But, there have been instances when the electoral rolls carry different serial number and different names as against those mentioned in the photo ID cards. These discrepancies have been attributed to the laxity at some places.

"That would be rectified now. First, the electoral rolls would be revised and simultaneously the pictures would be taken, so that there is no discrepancy at any stage," the officer said.

He did not anticipate any problems, as far as photos of the Muslim women in the state were concerned. "Since they have already been photographed for the ID cards, we really don't foresee any problems," he said.

This, the officer said, would make the process more transparent and credible.