This year, the ECI has launched the Electoral Verification Program making it easier for all electors to verify individual & family’s details on the electoral rolls. Here is an explainer of the process.

During the recently concluded general
elections to the Lok Sabha, there have been numerous complaints of missing
names from the electoral rolls. To address these complaints and ensure that the
electoral rolls contain accurate entries of the eligible voters, the Election
Commission of India (ECI) conducts the Elector Verification Program (EVP) every
year.

EVP is part of electoral roll revision
activity conducted by ECI every year to update the electoral rolls.  25th January of every is considered
as the National Voter’s day and the ECI publishes the revised electoral rolls
prior to that date. To ensure that this timeline is met for 2020, the ECI has initiated the special summary revision activity.

EVP to be conducted in a campaign mode
with SVEEP’s involvement

This year, the EVP is being run in a campaign mode. The finalized dates for EVP across the county is from 01 September 2019 to 15 October 2019. The highlight of this year’s EVP is that individuals can verify and authenticate the details of family members in addition to verifying one’s own details. All of this can be done in multiple modes including online on the National Voters’ Service Portal (NVSP).

These dates are now finalized after they
were changed twice. The initial notification specified the dates as 01/08/2019 to
31/08/2019, which was subsequently changed to 16/08/2019 to 30/09/2019 in second notification.

The activity is launched all the states
except Maharashtra, Haryana & Jharkhand for whom the electoral rolls are
already being revised in lieu of the upcoming general elections to the
respective State Assemblies.

Cleaning up and updating the electoral
rolls among the key objectives of EVP

The ECI wishes to meet the following objectives
through EVP program this year.  

  • Verifying
    Electoral details and identify the corrections needed for any errors or
    changes.
  • Obtaining and
    verifying the details of the family members

    • Removing the electors who have shifted
      or deceased.
    • Enrolling details of family members who
      haven’t enrolled yet
    • Obtaining details of prospective
      electors.
  • Procure contact
    details including GIS information with a smart phone, which would help Election
    commission to enhance the services.
  • Collecting
    information regarding polling stations. This includes existing as well as
    potential ones.
  • Identifying DSE
    (Demographically Similar Entries) to remove any bogus voters and clean-up the
    electoral rolls.
  • Improving the
    delivery of the electoral services being provided.

What is being done as part of the EVP?

EVP was being launched across the
country on the same day i.e. 01 September 2019. Under the SVEEP program, the following
are being done to spread the information regarding EVP among all electors.

  • SMS to be sent to
    all the voters in regard to the information of the ‘Mega Million” launch of EVP
    on 01 September.
  • The program to be
    launched simultaneously across all the 36 State & UT Headquarters, 740
    Districts Headquarters and around a million polling stations.
  • Functional EVP
    desks for easy verification of the electoral rolls to be facilitated at all the
    stations.
  • Posters and other
    propagation collateral to be placed at public spaces like – Banks, Post
    offices, Panchayat offices, Community centers, hospitals, public means of
    transport etc. to create awareness.
  • Every family to be
    given a poster/pamphlet which provides the details of the EVP.
  • Volunteers to be
    identified at Electoral Literacy Club (ELC) level to spread awareness.
  • Various Social
    Media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp etc. to be used to reach every
    voter. These platforms to facilitate a two-way communication.
  • Special
    registration camps for specific groups like Service electors and Overseas
    electors

What are the facilities which electors
can avail during EVP?

All eligible voters can verify details on the electoral rolls through multiple modes as listed below.

Electoral Verification Program_Facilities

The various facilities available to the
voters through the entire duration of the EVP program are as follows.

  • Verification of the
    details and corrections (including Photograph)
  • Updation of
    contact details
  • Verifying entries
    of the family members
  • Provide details of
    family members who have permanently shifted or are deceased.
  • Providing GIS
    information of house
  • Provision to
    provide details of Unenrolled Family members
  • Informing details
    of prospective electors in family (those who are 16 & 17 years old)
  • Provide
    suggestions in regards to the Polling stations

The
electors can submit a copy of any one of the following documents for
authentication.

  • Indian Passport
  • Driving License
  • Aadhaar Card
  • Bank Passbook
  • Ration card
  • Identity card of
    government/semi government employees
  • Farmer’s Identify
    card
  • Other documents
    approved by the ECI

How to verify & authenticate individual
& family details on the NVSP portal?

The following steps are to be followed to verify one’s individual details as well as the details of the family on the National Voters’ Service Portal (NVSP)

Step 1: Create a login/register in the NVSP portal using Mobile Number

Electoral Verification Program_Electoral Verification Program Portal

Step 2: After logging in, click on the Electors
Verification Program (EVP)

Electoral Verification Program_Electoral Verification Program Portal Step 2

Step 3: Verify details of self by cross-checking details and uploading a copy of any of the documents listed above. One can also modify address and provide GIS information of the address. Changes in details if any can be submitted here.

Electoral Verification Program_Electoral Verification Program Portal Step 3
Electoral Verification Program_Electoral Verification Program Portal Step 3 verification

Step 4: Once the details are submitted, you can give
suggestions & feedback on the polling station. Multiple questions about the
polling station can be answered like the approach to the polling station,
distance, condition of the building, ramp facility. One can also submit details
of other government buildings in the area that may be considered for setting up
the polling station.

Electoral Verification Program_Electoral Verification Program Portal Step 4

Step 5: One can list family and also authenticate their
details

Electoral Verification Program_Electoral Verification Program Portal Step 5

Step 6: One can also submit forms for unenrolled Electors (above 18 years age as on 01/01/2019) and also submit details of family members (prospective voters) in the age group 16 years and 17 years.

Electoral Verification Program_Electoral Verification Program Portal Step 6

Controls and Verification to ensure accuracy of
the activity

To
ensure that the program leads to accurate electoral rolls, the ECI has put in
place the following controls to monitor the EVP activity.

  • EC to monitor the
    program on fortnightly basis in three phases.
  • State Chief Electoral
    Officers to conduct daily reviews with respective District Election Officers
    (DEO) and Electoral Registration Officers (ERO) who aren’t performing well.
  • DEO review with
    EROs and BLOs (Block Level Officers).
  • Proper maintenance
    of documentation to be done for the below activities

    • New Enrolments
    • Certification in regard to – deceased,
      shifted and deleted voters
    • Provision of acknowledgment slips for
      change in EPIC details for electors who are updating through Common Service Centers.
      The changes would be done free of cost.
    • Registration and Name Check activity
      done at ELCs.

Ensuring that Electoral rolls are accurate
& updated is the key

ECI
identifies that ensuring the Electoral rolls are updated with correct details
and mitigating any errors is key to ensure a smooth electoral process. Various
initiatives are being taken to encourage electors to get their details verified
and for new electors to get their names enlisted. Participation by all electors
to ensure that respective names are updated in the electoral voters would be
key to ensure that the rolls are error free.

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