The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, August 2
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Punjab Dr S Karuna Raju held a meeting with the representatives of political parties with the commencement of Special Summary Revision – of Photo Electoral Roll w.r.t. 01.01.2023 as the qualifying date. Dr Raju apprised the representatives of recognized political parties that consequent upon amendment in Section 14 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 and corresponding changes in the Registration of Electors Rule, 1960, provision of four qualifying dates – 1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October has been introduced w.e.f. August 1, 2022.
CEO Punjab along with Additional CEO Punjab B Srinivasan informed the representatives of political parties that the process of collection of Aadhar number of registered electors on a Voluntary Basis has begun. Form 6B has been introduced for the purpose of voluntary collection of Aadhar card numbers. Electors can submit the form through online/offline mode, however, thrust shall be placed on online mode.
Dr Raju said that the pre-revision process will take place between the period of August 4, 2022, to October 24, 2022, which will include rationalization/re-arrangement of polling stations and removal of discrepancies in Demographically Similar Entries (DSEs) and Photo Similar Entries (PSEs) in EPICs. Revision activities will be held between the period of 09.11.2022 to 08.12.2022 and citizens will also get the opportunity for filing claims and objections during this period, he added.
Seeking the cooperation of political parties, CEO Punjab stated that special camps will be held on November 19 and 20, 2022, and December 3 and 4, 2022 where Booth Level Officers (BLOs) will be present at their respective polling stations. He also appealed to all the representatives of political parties to appoint Booth Level Agents (BLAs) and participate in the Special Camps to ensure the enrolment of eligible electors.
The representatives of the political parties who attended the meeting include Manjit Singh and Bhupinder Singh from All India Trinamool Congress, NK Verma from Bharatiya Janata Party, Mohinder Pal Singh from Communist Party of India and Charanjit Singh Brar from Shiromani Akali Dal.