By A O News Service
ITANAGAR, Jan 25: As population is the basis for all planning in India, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to conduct special revision of electoral rolls across the country, said state’s deputy chief electoral officer Liken Koyu.
The process begun with electoral verification programme & other pre-revision activities, including rationalization of polling stations and publication of integrated draft electoral rolls on December 12 last followed by filing of claims and objection till January 15 and disposal of claims and objection by January 27, he said.
The special summary revision of photo electoral rolls of intensive nature with 01.01.2020 as qualifying date while electors photo identity cards (EPICs) generated for new electors, especially young voters of 18-19 years be distributed to them in ceremonial manner on the day of National Voter Day, the ECI had directed.
Lakhs of GoAP employees are engaged in Arunachal Pradesh in the process including preparation of supplements by February 4 for final publication of electoral rolls, he added.
It may be mentioned here that the special revision of electoral rolls is important, particularly for Delhi and Bihar where assembly elections are due in January-February and October-November this year respectively.
The process is more relevant as elected leaders of this democratic nation are responsible for making policies and plans for the citizens.
Thus, it is the bonded duty of the ECI to toe the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted unanimously by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948, recognizing integral role that transparent and open elections should be ensured as the fundamental right to participatory government. Its Article 21 says:
Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his/her country, directly or through freely chosen representatives as everyone has the right of equal access to public service in the country.