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SEC for timely updation of Panchayat Electoral Roll in JK

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JAMMU: State Election Commissioner, KK Sharma today asked the officers to undertake the exercise for updating and revising the Panchyat Electoral Roll of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in a time-bound manner.

The SEC was chairing a meeting to discuss the schedule for updation/revision of the Panchayat Electoral Roll in Jammu and Kashmir.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioners through virtual mode, Director RDD, Jammu/ Kashmir, Director Panchayati Raj; Secretary State Election Commission; Additional Secretary Chief Electoral Office Jammu, State Informatics Officer, NIC Jammu, AERO Migrant Jammu, Deputy District Election Officer Jammu District Informatics Officers NIC (All), District Panchayat Officer, Jammu, and other Senior officers.

The meeting held a threadbare discussion with regard to the revision of the schedule for updating and revision of the Panchayat Electoral Roll which included the availability of soft/hard copies of the last Electoral Rolls, the position of updation of supplements due to updating of voter lists, the printing of Electoral rolls/forms and availability of Infrastructure, Publication of draft rolls in online/offline modes. Besides SVEEP activities to be undertaken by the Districts and tentative schedule of revision was also discussed.

Also, the meeting discussed the availability of ERO/AERO/Panchayat Level Booth Officials (PLBO) for revision of the electoral roll. The new rolls will be prepared with reference to 01.01.2023 as the qualifying date for all those who have attained the age of 18 or were left out.

The meeting was informed that under the guidelines to be issued by State Election Commission the concerned Election Officer shall also refer to the names of all persons whose name figures as electors in the latest electoral rolls (of concerned Assembly Constituency). It was also given out that after due process and through proper outreach names of all those found eligible as electors with reference to 01.01.2023 as the qualifying date would be included in the Panchayat Electoral Rolls.

The SEC directed the officers to work in a coordinated manner to ensure that the revision is done in accordance with the guidelines already prescribed for the same. He said that we have to ensure that the Panchayat Electoral rolls are updated within the stipulated time in a very systematic and hassle-free manner.

SEC also deliberated on the suggestions put forth by the Deputy Commissioners.

Earlier, the Secretary SEC gave a brief overview of the importance of the revision of the Panchayat Electoral Rolls.

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