Vikash Sharma

A special summary revision of the electoral roll has started and a draft publication done with respect to January 1, 2024, as the qualifying date, informed the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Odisha, Nikunja Bihari Dhal on Friday.

This means that all the names of persons, who have attained the age of 18 years will be added to the electoral roll. Similarly, the names of dead persons and those who have shifted/migrated will be deleted during the exercise.

The draft publication of the electoral roll has been made at the offices of Sub-Collectors and polling stations. A pre-revision exercise was earlier conducted and the booth number has been increased to 37,809 from 37,606 booths. The district Collectors had recommended for increasing the booths and it has been approved, informed Dhal.

The last date to apply for addition of names, deletion, and rectification will be December 9, 2023.

The voters can apply for registration, rectification in name, age, photo change, or removal of the name of a dead person, or object if a person has shifted to some other place. People can apply online- or through the voter helpline app. The entire process can also be done in offline mode.

As per the draft publication of the electoral roll done on January 5, 2023, the number of voters has increased to 3, 26, 55, 213 from 3,23,52,119. Around 6,22,439 names have been added and over 3, 19, 245 names have been deleted during the process.

"We have also succeeded in improving the gender ratio which was earlier at 961 women per 1000 male voters and now it has reached 963 in the state. A marked improvement has been seen in some constituencies like Sorada in Ganjam where the gender ratio has increased to 899 from 894 and from 886 to 898 in Hinjili," Dhal said.

In the special electoral roll, focus will be laid on increasing women enrolment and a special campaign has been launched in this regard, Dhal added.

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