ERO-Net ser­vices launched to help poll ef­fi­ciency

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DQW News Bureau

The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC)’s new­est elec­toral reg­is­tra­tion of­fi­cers (ERO)-Net ser­vice was launched in the state promis­ing time bound en­rol­ment, rec­ti­fi­ca­tion and re­place­ment of voter cards.

L Khyangte, chief elec­toral of­fi­cer (CEO) of Jhark­hand, launched the ser­vice at the state elec­tion com­mis­sion’s of­fice in Dhurwa in HEC area.

While ad­dress­ing the me­dia, Khyangte said, “Un­der this ser­vice, vot­ers can ap­ply for new voter cards. They can trans­fer and rec­tify (or up­date) their voter cards through this por­tal. This por­tal will en­sure time bound de­liv­ery of ser­vices.”

As per ECI of­fi­cials, vot­ers can now ap­ply for new cards, their trans­fer or amend­ment in the na­tional voter’s ser­vice por­tal (NVSP) which will then be passed on to ERO-Net. The por­tal will also en­able ap­pli­cants to up­load their per­sonal doc­u­ments in a PDF for­mat for the ver­i­fi­ca­tion process. The ap­pli­ca­tion will then be fol­lowed up by booth level of­fi­cers (BLOs), who will visit the ap­pli­cants for phys­i­cal ver­i­fi­ca­tion and sig­na­ture, an of­fi­cial from the the poll body said.

The ERO-Net will be help­ful to those seek­ing trans­fer of voter cards. “When an ap­pli­cant ap­plies for trans­fer of voter cards to an ERO, he or she will get in touch through the por­tal with the coun­ter­part of the vot­ers’ pre­vi­ous con­stituency for ver­i­fi­ca­tion process. This will make ver­i­fi­ca­tion smoother and trans­fer quicker,” Khyangte said, adding that the ap­pli­cants will be able to track their ap­pli­ca­tion sta­tus real-time through SMS alerts and reg­is­tered e-mails. In the lon­grun, the por­tal is ex­pected to wipe out ghost vot­ers and help pre­pare a Uni­fied Na­tional Photo Elec­toral Roll, he added.

ERO-Net also prom­ises to sim­plify the job of the elec­toral reg­is­tra­tion of­fi­cers (ERO). One as­sem­bly con­stituency across the coun­try has one ERO, who is in charge of reg­is­ter­ing, up­dat­ing and main­tain­ing the lo­cal elec­toral list. Jhark­hand has 81 EROs, cor­re­spond­ing with its num­ber of as­sem­bly seats.

The state elec­toral of­fice said it had set up con­tact cen­tres at the dis­trict and state lev­els along with a toll­free helpline num­ber (1950) for griev­ance re­dres­sal of vot­ers. These cen­tres are ex­pected to become com­pletely func­tional by the first week of Septem­ber.

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