The Election Commission of India (ECI) ordered Special Summary Revision of electoral rolls in Jammu & Kashmir, the second such exercise after the completion of the delimitation process in the Union Territory.
In a communique to Chief Electoral Officers of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, the ECI has conveyed to them its decision of holding a Special Summary Revision of electoral rolls with reference to April 1, 2023 as the qualifying date.
The exercise would start on April 5 with the publication of draft electoral rolls and culminate on May 10 with the publication of final electoral rolls.
The polls were held in HP and Gujarat in 2022.
This is the second time in less than one year that the poll body has ordered a Special Summary Revision of electoral rolls in J&K.
In June 2022, the ECI had ordered a Special Summary Revision of electoral rolls in J&K. The exercise was completed on November 25, 2022.
In its communication to the CEOs, the Commission said the exercise has been ordered to keep the roll updated and to provide an opportunity to all young eligible citizens to enroll them as the last revision exercise in these States/UT was undertaken with reference to October 1, 2022 as the qualifying date.
The ECI said that it has decided to conduct a special summary revision of electoral rolls in J&K UT, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat with reference to April 1, 2023 as the qualifying date.
Meanwhile, the Chief Electoral Officer of J&K has directed that all District Election Officers shall submit action plans including SVEEP activities for the special summary revision to the office by or before March 28, 2023 so that a UT-level action plan, as desired by the Commission can be submitted by this office within the prescribed time.
“A review meeting on the action plans and other aspects of the Special Summary Revision shall be taken by the Chief Electoral Officer on April 1, 2023, the schedule of the same shall be notified separately,” the CEO’s communique stated.
There was net increase of 7,72,872 voters in the final electoral rolls in Jammu and Kashmir after they were published on November 25, 2022.
The final electoral rolls had 83,59,771 electors. Out of them, 42,91,687 were male, 40,67,900 females and 184 Third Gender. The Electoral Population Ratio had increased from 0.52 to 0.58 during the Special Summary Revision. Gender ratio of the final electoral rolls had increased from 921 to 948.
During Summary Revision, this was for the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir that more than 11 lakh names were included in a single Special Summary Revision period. The names included corrections, deletions on different accounts etc.