New Delhi, 10 August: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has notified the schedule of Special Summary Revision (SSR) with reference to October 1, 2022 as the qualifying date, in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir with an opportunity for youth attaining 18 years on it (qualifying date) or earlier to become part of voters list in the UT.

As per its notification, November 25, 2022 has been set as the deadline for publication of final electoral roll, after due disposal of all claims and objections filed within the stipulated time period.

The ECI notification issued in this regard on August 8, 2022 was in continuation to its earlier notification dated June 29, 2022.

As per the schedule applicable to the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, September 15, 2022 has been earmarked as the deadline for publication of integrated draft electoral roll; claims and objections can be filed between September 15 to October 25, 2022.

The disposal of claims will be made by November 10, 2022; checking of health parameters and obtaining Commission’s permission for final publication and updating database and printing of supplements will be completed by November 19, 2022 and the deadline for final publication of electoral roll will be November 25, 2022.

The Election Commission of India, in pursuance of the legal amendments in the Section 14(b) of the RP Act 1950 and consequent modifications in Registration of Electors Rules, 1960, whereby a provision for four qualifying dates i.e., January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 as eligibility for youngsters to register in electoral rolls as opposed to the earlier single qualifying date of January 1 only has been made, notified the Special Summary Revision(SSR) exercise for the UT of Jammu and Kashmir with reference to 1st October, 2022 as the qualifying date.

This means that any person who attains the age of 18 years on or before October 1, 2022 and is otherwise qualified to be enrolled as an elector in the Electoral Roll, can apply for his registration in the Electoral Roll during this SSR.

At present the pre-revision activities as well as post delimitation follow up work is going on in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, wherein the existing electoral roll of the UT of Jammu and Kashmir are being mapped into the newly delimited assembly constituencies as per the Delimitation Commission’s final order made applicable by the Union Law Ministry w.e.f. May 20, 2022.

As part of the pre-revision activities, the process of rationalization or re-arrangement of polling stations, removal of discrepancies of demographically similar entries/photo similar entries, duplicate EPICs, preparation of supplements and integrated draft roll with reference to October 1, 2022 as the qualifying date is going on at present in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir.

The integrated draft Roll with reference to October 1, 2022 as the qualifying date will now be published by all EROs of the UT on September 15, 2022, marking the formal beginning of the revision activities, the notification has mentioned.

The revision activities which will begin on September 15, include disposal of claims and objections received after publication of integrated draft electoral roll.