Kumbh to double as voter registration camp


Devotees visiting Allahabad for taking a holy dip in the Sangam during the Kumbh this year will also have an opportunity to get their name included in the voters' list. The Election Commission will organise voter registration camps in the Mela area for those who have been left out of electoral roll during the recently completed summary revision of electoral roll in UP.

The summary revision of electoral roll has been completed in the state and the draft electoral roll will be released on January 15, a day after the Kumbh Mela begins in Allahabad. The voter registration camp will be set up at Kumbh site from February 15 as the crowd of devotees will get reduced by then.

EC officials said centralised voter registration camps will be set up at different locations in Mela Nagri. People belonging to any part of UP will be provided application forms at these camps for inclusion and deletion of names in the electoral roll and making correction in voters details in the electoral roll as well as Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC).

UP Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha said the details provided on the application could be filled through an online application form by the district administration staff. That online application will be forwarded to the Electoral Registration Officer of the voter's respective district. "Other formalities like applicant's verification will be completed in the respective district by local Booth Level Officer," Sinha said.

The facility will be available also for more than 30,000 security personnel and other staff deployed in the Kumbh area.

Sinha said the maximum number of devotees reaches Kumbh in the first four weeks and majority of them hail from different parts of the country. "The people of UP are expected to visit later that is likely after February 15. The voter registration camps will be organised then to avoid confusion, chaos at the camps," Sinha said. The EC is making preparations for National Voters' Day.

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