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SAARC countries' delegates informed about election procedure

Posted on Jan 21, 07:45PM | UNI

Representatives and officers associated with electoral process in the countries of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) called on Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Jaideep Govind at his office here.

The SAARC delegates sought information about electoral procedure in the state yesterday, an official statement said.

"It is necessary to keep voters aware constantly for ensuring a strong democracy at Summary revision of electoral rolls has been made in Madhya Pradesh from October 1 to January 15 as per directives of the Election Commission of India," Mr Govind told the SAARC officials.

He said names of 80 lakh voters were included in the electoral rolls in last one year. During the period, names of 10 lakh voters were deleted from electoral rolls as they were found ineligible.

The Chief Electoral Officer informed that there are 4.55 crore voters in the state, of which 26 crore are women.

Ratio of voters is 58.15 per cent with regard to population.

Gender ratio of women voters also improved in the state, which now stands at 891 per 1000 male voters.

Photo identity cards were distributed to 99.15 per cent voters. The state CEO also informed about strategy adopted for summary revision of electoral rolls. He said claims/objections of 34,5700 voters were received during summary revision-2012. Of these, 25 lakh are young voters.

In all, 5,364 new polling booths have been set up in the state raising the total number booths in the state to 53,194.

The delegation was told that nodal officers have been appointed at college-level to create awareness in young voters.