Bhubaneswar: Following the recent amendment to the Representation of the People Act, 1950 and corresponding modification in Registration of Electors Rules, 1960 by the Central government there will be four qualifying dates in the same calendar for enrolment as voters in the electoral roll.
Earlier, for enrolment of new voters in the electoral roll every year January 1 was considered the qualifying date.
As per the new rule, those new voters who will be of 18 years of age by January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 will be qualified eligible for enrolment in the electoral roll, said an official press release.
As a result, young and new voters will not have to wait for a long time for the inclusion of their names in the electoral roll, said Chief Electoral Officer Sushil Kumar Lohani at a workshop held through video conferencing for all Collectors and Sub Collectors of the State today.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided for voluntary linking of Aadhar number of voters for error-free preparation of the electoral roll.
As a result of which apart from the preparation of error-free electoral roll duplicate voters can be contained, the CEO said.
Earlier, Form no. 6, Form no. 7, and Form no. 8 were used for inclusion of name in the electoral roll, deletion of name from the electoral roll, for correction of name, etc in the electoral roll.
Following correction in the Forms, voters can use Form no.6 to apply for registration of their name in the electoral roll and for transferring their name from one constituency to another they apply using Form no. 8. As earlier, Form no.7 can be used by a voter for applying for deletion of a name from the electoral roll, the CEO informed.
Among others, Additional CEO Shatrughan Kar, ASE Idrish Khan and T Yogeshwar were present.