PATNA: The Election Commission (EC) will launch a special one-month long drive in July to revise the state’s voters’ list by enrolling all the new voters of 18 to 21 years of age and also those who have been left out of the electoral process.
State chief electoral officer (CEO) Ajay V Nayak said the new voters, who attained the age of 18 to 21 years on January 1 this year, are anxious to be included in the revised voters’ list.
“Our approach and insistence is that every left out voter has to be enrolled in the revised voters’ list. Besides, a voter should get enrolled at only one place, as the duplication would invite penal action as per the relevant Act,” Nayak said.
The voter enrolment campaign would begin from July 1 and continue till July 31. Special camps will be held at all the booths on July 8 and 22 in which the booth level officers will receive the duly-filled forms. The state has 62,780 polling booths.
Nayak said the names of dead voters will be deleted from the list during the campaign. “Booth level officers will confirm from the neighbours to find out such cases as the birth and death registration has not yet gained popularity in Bihar,” Nayak said.
He appealed to the youths and the other left out voters to get actively involved in getting their names enrolled in the voters’ list. The enrolment drive will be backed by a publicity drive from June 1 to July 31 to inform people about mass enrolment of voters.
He said based on the projected population of Bihar at 11.95 crore on January 1 this year, the state would have 6.84 crore voters, including 3.64 crore male and 3.20 crore female voters. The number of prospective fresh voters in the state is 5.50 lakh. Nayak said the proposed final revised electoral roll will cover 57.23% of population.