State Election Commission unable to conduct MC poll on time


    The State Election Commission would not be able to conduct Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) election on its scheduled time as the Commission or District Administration fail to prepared the accurate electoral roll in time despite the High court intervention in the matter. Issuing a press release today, the State Election Commission directed the district administration to begin special revision of electoral rolls as number of discrepancies were found in recently performed voter list.


    The State Election Commissioner P. Mitra who had been former State Chief Secretary said that it would be notable to hold the election in  time as special electoral roles required additional time. Issuing press release today he said that keeping in view the complaints from political parties, Mayor and Councilors of Municipal Corporation Shimla and the public regarding discrepancies in the electoral rolls, the State Election Commission has taken a decision to correct the electoral rolls to ensure fair and smooth elections of the corporation.


    A spokesman of the commission said here today that as per the directions of the State Election Commission, the Election Registration Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Shimla prepared and had notified the electoral rolls of M.C. Shimla on 5 May,2017, showing the number of total electors as 88,167 whereas the CEO of the State had on 5 May2017 informed the total number of electors enrolled by them as 85,546 for the MC area.


    He said both the electoral rolls were prepared with reference to same qualifying date (i.e. 1st January, 2017), the difference was on the higher side. Moreover 2200 applications were still pending with the revising authorities. He said the special revision of the electoral rolls would be done from 15 to 23 June, 2017. The  verification  of electors already enrolled in the final electoral rolls and receipt of claims and objections by the revising authority would be done from 15 to 24 May, whereas the work of preparations of list of voters whose names are proposed for additional/deletion/correction would be undertaken from 25 to 29 May,2017.


    The process services of notices to such electors would be completed from 30 May to 3 June and the disposal of the cases would be done from 5 to 12 June,2017  by the revising authority. He said the appeal by the aggrieved voters to the Election Registration Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner Shimla could be done within three days from the passing of orders by the revising authority. The disposal of appeals would be sorted out within three days from the filing of appeals and the preparation of the supplementary lists-II and insertion of corrections in the finally published electoral rolls would be done on 23rd June,2017.

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    ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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