EC announces special summary revision of voters list in AP

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Hyderabad, Oct 18 (UNI) After receiving flak from the Opposition for alleged omission of a ''large number'' of voters, especially the young and first timers, the Election Commission today announced a ''special summary revision of electoral rolls'' in Andhra Pradesh with January 1, 2009, as qualifying date.

The State Election authorities, which had released ''full and complete electoral rolls'' on September 30, has now decided to launch a month-long house-to-house drive from October 25 to issue photo identity cards.

''This is yet another opportunity for those voters, including young voters who will be eligible to vote as on January 1, 2009, to include their names in the photo electoral rolls,'' State Chief Electoral Officer I V Subba Rao told a press conference here.

It will also put up 2000 drop boxes at petrol stations, banks, post offices and shopping malls across the city amid complaints of large scale omissions in the voters list, particularly within the Greater Hyderabad Muncipal Corporation limits.

''The voters have to just fill the details, enclose two photographs and drop them in the drop boxes and within a month, photo electoral card will be provided to them,'' he added.

However, Mr Rao denied allegation of large scale omission of young voters made by Praja Rajyam Party Founder Chiranjeevi during his recent mass-contact programme in north Coastal Andhra Pradesh.

Mr Rao said draft publication of rolls would be made on December 3 and claims and objections would be entertained up to December 17.

Claims and objections would be received from booth level agents of political parties on December 12 and 13 and after disposing them, final rolls would be published on January 10, he said, adding even after, continuous updation of electoral rolls would be made to provide opportunity to any voter whose name was missing in the electoral list.

Those who had lost their cards could get duplicate ones on payment of Rs 25.

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