The Telegraph
Wednesday , April 2 , 2014
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Voter details on text & Net

Voters would no longer have to queue up before an election agent of a particular party to get his/her electoral rolls, booth numbers and other information to exercise their franchise.

The required information would now be sent to the voters through text messages on their cellphones. The Election Commission has also decided to upload the information on its official website Naturally, the voters have a reason to cheer about during the upcoming general elections beginning on April 10.

The voters have to select any of the available modes of information.

For the SMS option, the electors have to send a message mentioning the number of his/her elector’s photo identity card (EPIC) number on 56677. The details would then be sent on the mobile phone within seconds.

To get the required information on the Internet, one needs to visit the website and upload the 10-digit EPIC number on the e-roll column. The details can then be downloaded from the website.

Assistant chief electoral officer R. Laxmanan said the commission would launch awareness campaigns asking the voters to avail the facilities. “Voters had been provided similar facilities during the recently concluded elections for teachers and graduate seats of the state legislative council. However, the facilities were limited in certain areas,” he said.

He added that the voters could use the downloaded details from the website as electoral rolls at the time of casting their votes. “There is no need to get the copy of electoral rolls from elsewhere,” he said, adding that earlier the commission had decided to assign the task of providing electoral rolls to voters at their doorsteps by the booth-level officers concerned.

Another officer said: “The decision to provide electoral rolls through text messages and the Internet was taken in view of the use of technology nowadays. “Even in rural areas, every household has a cellphone, though it is true that Internet usage is limited to urban voters mostly,” he said.