Madurai, Dec 20: The Election Commission of India has embarked on a mission to encourage students in Tamil Nadu to register for inclusion in the voter's list.
Talking to newspersons here last night, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Naresh Gupta said the Commision had written letters to the Principals of Colleges in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Alandur, on a pilot basis, to encourage students to file applications. So far, about 6,000 applications were received.
To a query, Mr Gupta said the EC had instructed the Electoral Registration Officers to scrutinise the claims of inclusion/ deletion/ modifications in the voter's list. At least 14.5 lakh applications of such claims, constituting 3.7 per cent of the electorate, have been received across the state during the summary revision exercise.
The CEO said the Commission was keen on avoiding duplication of names in the voter's list. The final rolls would not be published until it was satisfied with the disposal of claims.