Saturday, August 13, 2022

Conference on amendment of forms and IT application

Chief electoral officer (CEO) Nagaland, V. Shashank Shekhar Wednesday held a video conference on “amendment of Forms and IT applications” with all the deputy commissioners/ADC & district election officers (DEOs), electoral registration officers (EROs), assistant election officers (AEOs) and technical persons.
A press release by CEO Nagaland office informed that conference which was attended by joint CEOs, Awa Lorin and Sharon Longchari discussed on the important aspects of the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2021 enacted by Parliament which amended the Representation of People Act,1950 and Representation of People Act, 1951.
The release informed that the amendments in the said Acts broadly cover the following aspects – Electoral Registration officer may require Aadhar number for electoral registration/authentication purpose; four qualifying dates in a year; gender neutral provision for Service and Special Electors and power to acquire premises for the purpose of conduct of elections.
The meeting discussed that furnishing of Aadhar number was purely voluntary and those who do not have Aadhar number may submit a copy of any of the eleven documents prescribed by the commission.
It informed that the exercise would commence with effect from August 1, 2022 to April 1, 2023 and that no entry in the electoral roll would be deleted on the ground of inability on the part of any existing elector to furnish/intimate Aadhar number.
CEO Nagaland informed that the purpose of obtaining Aadhar number was for authentication of electors’ entries in electoral roll and extending electoral services to them in the future and that strict measures were in place for ensuring security and safe custody of such data collected. The meeting also highlighted that now there would be four qualifying dates in a year, viz. January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 and that applicants could file their advance claims for inclusion in the electoral roll during annual summary revision.
Earlier, only those who completed 18 years of age by 1st January of the year could get themselves enrolled. After coming of four qualifying dates in existence, all who are completing 18 years of age on any of the qualifying date of the year can get themselves enrolled after the relevant qualifying date, informed CEO Nagaland.
The release informed that the second session of the meeting covered legal aspects of the amended/modified forms and various IT applications such as ERONET, Garuda, NVSP, VHA and voter portal, which was taken by AEO Kohima, R. Toshimeren, AEO (MIS) CEO’s office, Kum. Ketousieu Khruomo and project manager (IT), Kum. Iliho.

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