Over 7 lakh youngsters who have attained the age of 18 this year are yet to get registered with the Election Commission of India.
“The scope to increase voters’ strength is tremendous. We appeal to youngsters to get themselves registered by May,” Punjab chief electoral officer VK Singh told mediapersons here. The chief executive officer will be releasing the complete preliminary voters’ list for the February 2017 assembly polls on May 5.
The process of revising the lists will begin after May 5, he pointed out. Around 8 lakh bogus votes have been cancelled in the past one year, he said.
In the upcoming assembly polls, there would be an additional feature in the electronic voting machines that would display a slip for voters to doubly ensure that they have voted for the candidate of their choice.
“The slip behind the screen would then fall into a box beneath and polling officers would seal these slips to preserve the secrecy of voters,” VK Singh said, adding that one constituency in every district will be chosen for this exercise.
If a voter finds another candidate on the display slip, he or she can cast the vote again to rectify the human error in choosing the candidate, he added.
Additional CEO surfaces
Punjab IAS officer Manjit Singh Narang has joined as an additional chief executive officer for the 2017 polls. He was picked up by the ECI from the panel of 3 officers sent by the Punjab government. The other two probables were Sukhwinder Singh and Rajiv Prashar.
Narang has been in the news for his removal as the managing director of the Pepsu Road Transport Corporation (PRTC) after turning the erstwhile sick public sector back into the revival mode through recruitments and launching new fleet of buses.