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Checks and balances for smooth enumeration

By Saptarshi Bhattacharya

CHENNAI, FEB. 1. The City Corporation's election department will focus on creating checks and balances to ensure smooth enumeration scheduled to begin on March 1.

The door-to-door enumeration is being taken up ahead of schedule in view of the huge number of complaints of deletion of names from the voter's list during the last May 10 parliamentary elections.

The enumeration, taken up every five years to modify the rolls, was last done in November 2001.

The enumerators will be given a list of the door numbers in each street they are visiting, say officials. They will have to account for each door number at the end of the survey.

If any house is locked, the enumerator will have to visit the house again.

After two `failed visits', the supervisor will visit the house and if it is still locked, he/she will drop Form 4 in the post box. The inmates of the house are expected to fill up their names and submit the form at designated places.

The list of houses will ensure that the enumeration is done completely, say the officials. The Election Commission has directed that the penal provisions be exercised strictly for any lapse on the part of the enumerators and supervisors.

The intensive exercise will require about 2,500 enumerators and 1,500 supervisors. This workforce will cover the 14 Assembly constituencies in the city limits.

For the fringe areas falling within the city but coming under the Villivakkam, Tiruvottiyur, Alandur and Tambaram constituencies, the enumeration will be done by the Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram district administration. Preparatory work for the exercise began today.

The draft rolls for the city will be published on June 16. Thereafter the department will receive claims and objections from the people. The final rolls will be published on August 31.

The residents should verify the family details taken down by the enumerator on the electoral card before signing it, Corporation officials suggest.

The election authorities are yet to decide on the modalities of survey in the tsunami-affected areas. The disaster has forced a huge migration to different parts of the State, while a huge number of people are housed in temporary shelters.

After the Gujarat earthquake, the Election Commission announced the options of either enrolling the voters at camps or houses.

A clear-cut strategy is still to emerge but officials say a plan will be worked out as enumeration begins.

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