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CEC Chandra Pushes Multiple Dates to Allow Those Turning 18 to Register as Voters | India News


NEW DELHI: Chief Elections Commissioner Sushil Chandra has given new impetus to the government to allow multiple dates in a year for citizens turning 18 to register as voters.
From now on, a person who turned 18 on or before January 1 of that year is eligible to register on the voters list.
People who turn 18 after January 1 have to wait a full year to register as voters.
“So our suggestion has been to give at least four dates in a year so that you don’t have to wait a whole year,” Chandra told PTI.
He said that having multiple qualifying or deadlines “is the most important thing that I would like to see happen fast.”
The chief elections commissioner explained that as a result of having a deadline, if a person turns 18 on January 2, they cannot register as a voter that year. Therefore, a person who turns 18 after January 1 will have to wait until the next year to register as a voter.
Chandra said in a recent meeting with senior Justice Ministry officials that the Electoral Commission had lobbied once again over the long-pending lawsuit.
He said officials agreed to speed up this particular reform.
The People’s Representation Law will have to be amended to have multiple deadline or qualification dates.
According to Section 14 (b) of the People’s Representation Act of 1950, the qualification date means the first day of January of the year in which the electoral roll is prepared or reviewed. ”

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