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Parties to pitch in for voter list revision

They had fought against each other during the Lok Sabha elections. Now, they will fight alongside each other to ensure error-free voter lists for the Assembly elections scheduled later this year.

At a meeting held at the East Singhbhum district collectorate on Monday, almost all political parties agreed to lend a helping hand to the administration for voter list revision work that kicked off from Monday.

National biggies like the Congress and the BJP and regional heavyweights like JMM, JVM and Ajsu will ask their booth-level agents to assist respective booth-level officers (BLOs) fill up forms for inclusion of names on the electoral rolls, filing of claims and objections raised by voters and do other jobs during the month-long exercise.

“We have seen how the district administration had taken pains to distribute voter slips and spread awareness about the need to exercise one’s franchise to boost polling figures in the Lok Sabha polls. We appreciate the endeavour and will help them in voter list revision work,” said BJP district president Raj Kumar Srivastava.

Srivastava, who attended the meeting along with representatives of other political parties, has issued a directive to all 26 party block presidents to ask booth-level agents of 1,638 polling stations in the district to help BLOs.

“All the booth-level agents will be working in close collaboration with BLOs. They will visit each and every house and see to it that no bonafide voter is left out of the electoral list,” Srivastava said.

Congress district general secretary Sanjay Yadav promised support too. “Our agents will assist the BLOs during visits to houses in a particular booth. We have no hesitation in helping agents of other parties as well as voter list revision will ultimately benefit all.”

The election commission will hold special camps at all booths across the state on June 21, 22, 28 and 29. BLOs will be present at their respective booths for summary revision of the electoral rolls. Voters can file claims and objection in case their names are not found on the list or for any other error from June 9 to 30.

The final list will be published on July 31.

East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal said that this would be the last voter list revision ahead of the Assembly elections.