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Last chance to be a voter

Here’s the final chance for voters to register their names on the electoral list ahead of Lok Sabha polls.

Special enrolment camps will be held at 24,648 poll booths across the state on March 9, Sunday, to add names to the voter list in accordance with a Election Commission (EC) directive. Booth-level officers have been asked to be present at their respective booths from 9am to 5pm to help bona fide residents register their names on the electoral list.

There are over 18 lakh voters and 2,358 polling booths in Ranchi district, which covers the three constituencies of Ranchi, Lohardaga and Khunti. The Jamshedpur parliamentary constituency has 15,51,297 voters and 1,626 booths.

While Lohardaga will go to polls on April 10, Ranchi, Khunti and Jamshedpur will follow suit on April 17.

“The booth-level officers will be armed with form 6, which is used for inclusion of names in voter list, form 7 for correction in voter list and form 8 for deletion of names. People must use the opportunity to include their names or rectify errors on the electoral roll,” said election officer of Ranchi district and returning officer of Ranchi Lok Sabha constituency Vinay Kumar Choubey.

Though the camp is for one day, the process of inclusion, correction and deletion of names will continue till March 26. Voters can contact the election officers at district headquarters or visit the EC website in this regard.

Training for booth-level officers started at some places in the district on Friday and will continue on Saturday.

In Jamshedpur, East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal, also district election officer and returning officer for Jamshedpur constituency, has directed subdivisional officers (SDOs) of Ghatshila and Dhalbhum to ensure attendance of all booth-level officers on Sunday.

“This will be our final thrust to the drive to include names of those, who have been left out, in the electoral rolls. So far, 63 per cent of the population of East Singhbhum have been registered as voters in the sense that their names are on the electoral list,” said Dhalbhum SDO Prem Ranjan, who conducted training for booth-level officers at Town Hall in Sidhgora on Friday.

Another session was held at Ghatshila subdivisional office by SDO Gauri Shanker Mishra.

As most of the 1,626 booth-level officers are government school teachers and are busy with the ongoing matriculation and intermediate exams, they could not attend Friday’s meetings.

“We knew that a large chunk of booth-level officers would not be able to attend the trainings at Jamshedpur and Ghatshila owing to exam duty. So we have sent written notifications to them, asking them to be present at the respective polling booths along with the electoral rolls on Sunday. Their attendance is mandatory,” said district sub-election officer Geeta Choubey.

“The EPIC (Elector Photo Identity Card) is only an identity document and does not confer the right to vote on any person whose name is not on the electoral roll,” the official reminded.

The Election Commission also made it clear that the law does not allow inclusion of names on the electoral rolls after 3pm on the last date of filing nominations.

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