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More Opportunities for youth to enrol in voters’ list, says EC

With a view to supply extra alternatives for youth to develop into a part of voters’ listing, the Election Fee has made a provision of 4 possibilities in a yr to enroll names within the listing.
NEW DELHI: With a view to supply extra alternatives for youth to develop into a part of voters’ listing, Election Fee has made a provision of 4 possibilities in a yr to enroll names within the listing.

Now, 17+ yr previous kids can now apply upfront for having their names enrolled in voter’s listing and never essentially should await the pre-requisite criterion of achieving age of 18 years on January 1 of a yr.

ECI, led by Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey, has directed the CEOs/EROs/AEROs of all states to work out tech-enabled options such that the youth are facilitated to file their advance purposes on the subject of three subsequent qualifying dates together with April 1, July 1 and October 1 and never simply January 1.

Henceforth, the Electoral Roll will probably be up to date each quarter and eligible kids could be registered within the subsequent quarter of the yr wherein he/she has attained the qualifying age of 18 years. After getting registered, he/she will probably be issued an Electoral Photograph Identification Card (EPIC), mentioned the Fee.

The ballot panel added that for the present spherical of annual revision of electoral roll, 2023, any citizen attaining the age of 18 years by April 1, July 1 and October 1 of 2023 also can submit an advance utility for registration as a voter from the date of draft publication of electoral roll.

The Election Fee, in pursuance of the authorized amendments within the Section 14(b) of the RP Act 1950 and consequent modifications in Registration of Electors Guidelines, 1960, has initiated the method for bringing about crucial modifications for preparation/revision of electoral roll of Meeting/Parliamentary Constituency.

It might be recalled that on the suggestions of ECI, the Ministry of Regulation & Justice just lately amended the RP Act to supply for 4 qualifying dates ie, 01st January, 01st April, 01st July and 01st October as eligibility for children to register in electoral rolls versus the sooner single qualifying date of 1st January solely.

As per current coverage, revision of electoral rolls on the subject of 1st January of the approaching yr because the qualifying date was finished usually within the later a part of every year in all States/UTs (usually within the final quarter of a yr) in order that ultimate The publication of the electoral rolls is made within the first week of January of the succeeding yr. This meant that a lot of younger individuals who accomplished 18 years after 1st January needed to look forward to Particular Abstract Revision of the subsequent yr for enrollment and weren’t capable of take part in elections held within the intervening interval.

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