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Publication of final electoral rolls begins

Special Correspondent

The process will be completed before September 20, says Chief Electoral Officer


  • Final rolls published in most Assembly constituencies
  • Online database will be available in 10 days
  • Another round of summary revision before Assembly poll

    CHENNAI: With the Election Commission (EC) giving its approval, the process of publication of final electoral rolls commenced on Thursday, Chief Electoral Officer Naresh Gupta said today.

    Mr.Gupta told reporters here that the final rolls were published in most of the Assembly constituencies. In the remaining segments, the process would be completed before September 20.

    The final rolls were displayed in offices of the DEOs, Electoral Registration Officers and Assistant Electoral Registration Officers. The online database on the rolls would be made available in ten days, he said.

    If adequate copies of the rolls were not available immediately, priority would be given in providing them to recognised political parties — five national and an equal number of State parties, Mr.Gupta said.

    Before the Assembly elections, due in May 2006, there would be a round of summary revision of rolls with January 1, 2006 being the qualifying date for eligibility, he said adding that the process would commence in mid-October or November, as per the EC's instructions. The photo rolls programme would be taken up later, he said. A meeting of the Delimitation Commission with its associate members would be held in New Delhi on October 24 and 25, he said.

    Meanwhile, official sources said the process of delimitation of constituencies in the State might get delayed. Going by the pace of its progress, the chances of finalising the process before the Assembly elections appeared dim. According to them, after considering the views of the associate members on the working paper at its meeting next month, the Commission would prepare the draft proposals.

    Copies of the proposals would be sent to associate members, who could give their dissenting note. Inviting the public to submit their suggestions and objections, the Commission would tabulate them and circulate them among all its members including associate members. Four or five public sittings would be held in the State, which would be followed by another meeting with the associate members before passing the final order. Close on the heels of its publication in the Gazette, the President would be requested to announce the date from which the delimitation comes into effect, the sources said.

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