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Issues relating to EPICs, voter enrolment discussed

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VILLUPURAM: Registrar of Cooperative Societies Jatindra Nath Swain has said that as per the Election Commission's direction, Elector's Photo Identity Cards (EPICs) should be distributed only by polling officials. If they assign the job to any political leader or party, action would be taken against the officials concerned.

Mr. Swain was chairing an all-party meeting held here on Friday to discuss the issues relating to voters' enrolment and issue of EPICs.

He said that January 25 would be observed as Voters' Day and on that day EPICs would be given to newly enrolled voters.

A total number of 73,416 applications were received by the officials for inclusion in the electoral rolls, and of these, 62,938 were found eligible and 10,478 rejected.

For the eligible voters, 99.3 per cent of EPICs had been readied and the remaining would be ready soon.

With new additions, the number of electorate in the district had gone up by 2.5 per cent - from 21,52,776 to 22,06,748.

The electoral rolls would be displayed in the offices of the block development officers, tahsildars and the District Revenue Officer. Eligible voters could register even after the rolls were released on January 10.

Collector R. Palanisamy and District Revenue Officer N. Venkatachalam were present.

Later, Mr. Swain addressed a similar meeting in Cuddalore, elaborating the procedures involved in preparing the electoral rolls and EPIC distribution.

Collector P. Seetharaman and District Revenue Officer S. Natarajan were present.

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