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With LS polls in Pune on April 23, here is how to ensure your voter name/ID is on the voter list

Election commission urge residents to not panic if they do not find their names on the electoral roll... yet

pune Updated: Mar 15, 2019 14:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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According to election commission officers, it is advisable to check if your name is on the electoral rolls.(HT PHOTO)

The election commission office, Pune has urged the citizens to not panic, if they do not find their names in the voters list and instead take easy steps to very their name through the transparent online mechanism on the official National Voter Services Portal, or to contact the nearest election office.

According to election commission officers, it is advisable to check if your name is on the electoral rolls. Election commission officers said that there are enough systems in place that can help citizens exercise their fundamental right of voting in the upcoming elections. Not only is the online mechanism is comprehensive, booth-level officers are available at the respective booths for assisting the citizens.

Voters can enrol till 10 days before the last date of filing of the nominations by candidates.

Efforts taken by election commission for differently abled voters

District collector Naval Kishore Ram said, “All persons with disabilities would have polling stations on the ground floor.”

The district election department has so far categorised over 13,230 voters under the differently abled voter segment and is reaching out to its social welfare counterpart to include more such electorate in the group. The district has 73.63 lakh voters and 7,666 polling booths, of which 6,581 are on the ground floor.

The Election Commission of India has launched a dedicated application for the registration of differently abled voters. According to the officials, the application will help them provide wheelchairs to such voters.

Names deleted from voters’ list

The officials of the Election Commission of India have deleted 17 lakh names from the Maharashtra voters’ list, out of which at least 81,000 of them are from Pune district. Out of the total deleted names, 54,584 names were deleted in the draft roll. However, 44,736 names were of deceased voters and 26,421 names were deleted in the summary roll published in last month.

The deletion process started a year ago in the run-up to the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections and the process to clean up the electoral list included deletion of duplicate names of married women enrolled at two constituencies — one with their maiden names and the other with their new surnames.

Are you on the voters’ list?

STEP 1: Go to National Voter Services Portal’s (NVSP) electoral search page www.nvsp.in

Search for your name using two methods:

1) Enter your details manually

2) Enter your Electoral Photo ID Card (EPIC) number. (EPIC number is mentioned in bold letters on your voter identity card.)

STEP 2: If you have the EPIC number, you can follow these steps:

- Visit the NVSP Electoral Search page.

- Click on search by EPIC number.

-Enter your EPIC number and select the state from the drop-down menu.

- Key in the captcha code you see on the image and click on Search.

- If your name shows up below the Search button, your name is on the electoral rolls.

- If nothing shows up, your name is not included in the list.

STEP 3: If you do not have an EPIC number, follow these steps:

- Visit the NVSP Electoral Search page.Click on search by details.

- Feed in all the details, which includes name, gender, age, assembly constituency.

- Enter code you see on captcha image and click on Search.

- If your name shows up below the Search button, your name is on the electoral rolls.

- If nothing shows up, your name is not included in the list.

Please note

- Voter identity cards often have misspelt names and there is a chance that the Search by Details method may not yield the desired results because the spelling of the name doesn’t match the Election Commission’s database.

-Search for your name using EPIC number as it’s far less likely to return a false result.

SMS

Go to the Election Commission’s page and visit the chief electoral officers’ website. Select your state from the list. You can find the option that lets you search the electoral rolls. This is where each state’s chief electoral officer lists whether there is an option for checking your voter list status via SMS.

Booth-level officers:

Booth-level officer is a representative of the Election Commission of India at the grassroots level who plays a pivotal role in the process of roll revision and collecting actual field information with regard to the roll corresponding to the polling area assigned to him. Can be contacted to check name on list.

Quotes

“We urge voters to enrol online at the earliest. All the forms will be processed.” Naval Kishore Ram, Pune district collector

“All the voters who have enrolled online and offline will be included in the voters’ list and citizens should check their names on the list. In case of any doubt, they should go to the election office or call on 1950 which is the helpline number.” Monica Singh, deputy election officer

cVIGIL (citizens’ vigil) app

-Election Commission has launched an app, that allows voters to send geo-tagged videos and photos of any violations that take place during elections, including distribution of money or gifts by political parties or even hate speeches being made while canvassing.

-Using the application, one can send live reports on code violations within minutes.

- In case of a registered complaint, a unique ID number will be generated to allow the citizen concerned to track his/her complaint’s status.

-Anonymous complaints do not get any identification numbers.

- Once a complaint has been received in the cVIGIL system, the same is beeped to the district control room, which assigns it to a flying squad for action.

First Published: Mar 15, 2019 14:46 IST