“We are also trying to do photo similar entry exercises to examine voters having similar photographs to check for duplicate entries or voters’ appearance in two constituencies,” said CEO Manipur Rajesh Agrawal on Wednesday.
During a similar exercise conducted in the 2022 Manipur election, as many as 8,000 duplicate name entries in the voter list were deleted, he added.
Agrawal was speaking to the media at the office of CEO Manipur in Imphal West during the announcement publication of the Draft Photo Electoral Rolls of all the Assembly Constituencies of Manipur, as per the schedule fixed by the ECI.
The Special Summary Revision (SSR), with respect to January 1, 2023 as the qualifying date, was also kicked-off on Wednesday along with the all new “The Trend” campaign under SVEEP with the sole objective of giving maximum awareness to the electors.
There is a total of 20,43,156 electors (9,88,704 males, 10,54,245 females and 207 third genders) as per Draft roll with respect to January 1, 2023 as the qualifying date and the sex ratio is 1066.
Looking to the number of electors as per final roll with respect to January 1, 2022 as the qualifying date, Manipur witnessed a total of 8,192 new voters (3,585 males, 4,606 female and 1 transgender) in the Draft roll with respect to January 1, 2023 as the qualifying date.
The Elector to Population Ratio as per the draft roll is 56.94 (55 male, 50 female and 0 transgender). Imphal East, Bishnupur and Chandel have the highest EP ratio with having 65 each, while Kangpokpi and Senapati have the lowest EP ratio with having 35 and 40 respectively. The EP ratio of Imphal West is 61; 63 for Thoubal; 60 for Jiribam; 52 for Chandel; 51 for Ukhrul; and 58 for Tamenglong.
According to the CEO, Manipur, the EP ratio of Kangpokpi and Senapati is low as the commission is unable to find enough voters as the census date of the two districts is disputed.
If Kangpokpi and Senapati is removed, the EP ratio of Manipur is 61.5 per cent which is very near to the normal (good) EP ratio of 63-64 per cent, he said adding that the SSR will give its best to ensure that the state cross the line of the good EP ratio.
Informing that 75 per cent of voters have linked their Aadhaar, he said that linkages of Aadhaar card will continue during the SSR besides collecting the mobile no of the voters (no mandatory) so that every voter can be notified about the updates of any election process.
During this SSR period, one can enrol, delete from, make corrections and apply for shifting of his or her name in the electoral rolls; he said adding that the application forms may be submitted to the EROs, AEROs, BLOs or through online.
Talking about “The Trends” campaign, Rajesh Agrawal informed that five state icons from diverse fields have been identified and have started engaging them for various awareness activities.
Prior to the press briefing the CEO, Manipur met the representatives of all recognised national and state political parties and briefed about the schedule of Special Summary Revision, 2023.
During the meeting the CEO, Manipur sought their cooperation for enrolling all the eligible citizens in the electoral roll besides apprising them to appoint Booth Level Agents (BLAs) for each assembly constituency to facilitate maximum enrolment and transparency.
Earlier in the morning, the CEO, Manipur and the registrar of Manipur University flagged-off a Walkathon from Manipur University gate to Kakwa Bazar in Imphal West under the theme “A step for Participative Elections” organised in connection with the nation-wide launch of Special Summary Revision 2023.
During the flagging-off Rajesh Agrawal appraised the participants about the importance of enrolling all the eligible electors and stressed that the young voters can play a vital role in bringing a positive change towards development of the country with a rapid pace.