•  The Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to launch a Special Drive from 1st July this year for maximization of registration of eligible electors and removing the impurities in the rolls. This was stated by Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shri Vivek Kumar Dewangan to media persons during a press conference held at the Conference Hall of Old Secretariat today.

He said that in tune with the theme ‘No voters to be left behind’, the ECI has decided to utilize the period of continuous updation for maximization of enrolment of young electors particularly 18-19 age group by launching a special drive in all States.

The special drive which will be completed by 31st July, 2017, various activities will be undertaken by election official in the State. Submission of Forms shall be made available to electors in the modes of submission of Form 6 at EROs office, Sending of Form 6 by Post, Online submission of Form 6 at National Voters’ Service Portal (NVSP) and Submission of online Form 6 at Common Service Centres (CSCs).

Special Campaigns will be organised on 8th & 22nd July, 2017. On these two dates, Camps will be held in each polling station where BLOs will sit with adequate number of Form 6, to receive Forms from the applicants. Special camps will also be conducted in all Government and Private Educational Institutions (colleges and schools)/Vocational training institutes on at least any two different days between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017.

During the Special Drive, removal of names of dead electors will also be taken up. For identification of such dead electors, data on registered deaths shall be collected from the Registrar of Deaths. Disposal of Form 6 and 7 (death cases), received during Special Drive will be done by 31st August, 2017. However, Form 7 (other than death cases), Form 8 and 8A received during the period will be done only after the Special Drive.

The CEO further said that additional services for the purpose shall also be provided during special drive. BLOs shall visit door to door of the households to collect Form 6 from the applicants, particularly 18-19 age group (extendable to 21 years of age) from 1st July, 2017 and 31st July, 2017 (except the Special Campaign Dates). A user can also fill the Form using mobile app ‘The Voter Services mobile application’, which will be available only on the Commission’s website.

The ECI has also provided facility of National Call Centre for extending Citizen Services. At the State level, CEO will provide State Call Centre (SCC) and District Contact Centre (DCC) at district level by upgrading ‘1950’ on the same line of National Contact Centre. A citizen making a call at NCC/SCC/DCC will be informed about procedure of Form submission through the above modes. If a differently abled person making a call at any of these centres expresses his inability to utilize the services, then a vist by BLO concerned will be arranged at his/her address for getting the Form filled and receiving it back from that person for further processing. This service will be provided free of cost. CSCs will provide services of making online filling and hard copy Form digitization on payment basis, added the CEO.

In the press conference, the CEO said that election notification for Presidential election has been issued and election will be held on 17th July, 2017 from 10am – 5pm and counting of votes will take place on 20th July, 2017 in Delhi.

The press conference was also attended by Jt. CEO Shri K. Bono Singh and officials of CEO’s office.
DP/APO(P) No. 649 17.06.2017

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