Eligible voters who could not exercise their franchise during the recently-held Assembly elections as their names were missing from the electoral rolls can now get their names added to the rolls as the Election Commission has started a special summary revision in the 70 constituencies of Delhi.
Those who turned 18 this year can also apply for getting registered as voters, with January 1, 2014, being the qualifying date. The Delhi Chief Electoral Office has directed the nine district election officers to implement the EC’s directions as per the schedule announced by it in this regard.
“The summary revision started from December 16. People wanting to get their names updated and new voters can submit their applications by the end of this month. Thereafter, the claims and objections would be disposed. The final electoral roll would be published on January 21, 2014,” said Special CEO Shurbir Singh.
Voters from across the city had complained they were not allowed to vote on December 4 as their names were missing from the electoral rolls.
Some complained that their names were deleted from the rolls despite them living at the same residence for the past several years. There were cases where names of some family members were in the rolls but others’ were deleted.
Thousands of first-time voters are expected to be registered this time. Several youngsters who turned 18 after January 1, 2013, were not able to get themselves registered ahead of the Assembly polls due to the existing laws of the EC.