Special Correspondent

Officers to visit homes by January 22

CHENNAI: Cent per cent field verification of electoral rolls has been undertaken by the Election Commission to carry out corrections of existing entries and including names of eligible persons missing in the rolls.

It is being done by booth-level officers (BLOs), who will visit each dwelling unit this month in areas assigned to them. They will note down all corrections, including mismatch of images in checklist A, and enter in a separate list in Form B the names of eligible persons (those who are 18 years of age and above as on January 1, 2009) to be included in the electoral rolls.

The electors have to sign in the check list or Form B. The BLOs will paste stickers on or near the entrance door of the dwelling units as a mark of having visited the houses.

The names of BLOs along with their areas of jurisdiction and contact numbers have been posted on the website ( www.ceotamilnadu.nic.in/

boothlevel_officers.htm). If the BLO concerned fails to visit the house for verification by January 22, the matter may be reported to the respective District Election Officer (Chennai Corporation Commissioner for Chennai and Collectors for other districts).

On Thursday last, Chief Electoral Officer Naresh Gupta, through video conferencing, instructed the DEOs to personally monitor the exercise and carry out supervisory checks at different levels.

An official release on Tuesday stated that the Election Commission of India had put in place the system of BLOs to ensure that the rolls, error-free and clear, were maintained up to date. The BLOs were supposed to conduct field verification periodically.

The cent per cent field verification has been taken up in accordance with Election Commission’s instructions. It assumes significance in the backdrop of some complaints that names of voters were missing in the rolls, the release added.