Deputy Commissioner N.S. Channappa Gowda said awareness programmes would be carried out to emphasise the importance of being a registered voter
The process of revision of electoral rolls began in Dakshina Kannada on Monday. The revision process for two assembly constituencies in Mangalore will begin on October 16.
Deputy Commissioner N.S. Channappa Gowda told presspersons here that the draft electoral roll of six assembly constituencies in the district had been released. People could submit applications for inclusion, correction, deletion, and transfer of names till October 31. In Mangalore city, the process would be held between October 16 and November 15, he said.
People who wanted to have their names included in the electoral roll would need to submit Form 6. Along with the application, the applicant would have to submit a copy of a document that proves their age. He/she would need to submit a copy of residence proof and a passport-sized photograph to the designated electoral registration officer. The applicant would then be issued an electoral photo identity card (EPIC), the use of which would be made compulsory in the coming Assembly elections, Mr. Gowda said.
Voters who already have the EPICs would need to check whether their names figure in the draft electoral roll. If their names do not figure, they would need to get fresh identity cards issued, Mr. Gowda said. “But such cases will be very less in the district. There are discrepancies in details with regard to 3,000 voters,” he said. Out of 21 lakh people in the district, identity cards have been issued to 13.9 lakh registered voters. Those who wanted to have their names deleted from the electoral roll would need to submit Form 7 while correction in names could be done by submitting Form 8. Those who have moved from one Assembly constituency to another would be required to submit Form 8 A.
Mr. Gowda said awareness programmes would be carried out to emphasise the importance of being a registered voter. He said there have been fewer registration of voters aged between 18 and 19. Separate programmes and registration drives would be carried out in different colleges in the district. Mr. Gowda asked parties to register names of their representatives at the booth level. People could get assistance from 16 Matadara Mitras (two each for eight assembly constituencies) in the district, he said.
Check on website
People can check their names in the draft electoral roll available on the website www.ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in. Online submission of applications can also be done. Additional Deputy Commissioner K. Dayanand told reporters that those submitting their applications online could also attach scanned copies of their passport-sized photographs. Otherwise, personnel deputed by electoral registration officer would collect the photograph when he/she would come for verification of details mentioned by the applicant in the form. People could seek assistance by calling the helpline 1077, he said.