Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar and Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey participate in a bicycle rally in Pune on November 9, 2022. (Photo/PIB)
Pune: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Rajiv Kumar and Election Commissioner (EC) Anup Chandra Pandey launched the nation-wide Special Summary Revision (SSR) 2023 through various voter awareness building activities in Pune on November 9, 2022.
The day started with the CEC and EC participating in a bicycle rally, the theme of which was ‘Pedal For Participative Elections’ which started from Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Mhalunge in Balewadi in the early morning.
The rally was flagged off by voters from different sections of society, including transgender persons, persons with disability, women, youth and others. Many eminent people from the city, including film personality Nagraj Manjule, Olympians Anjali Bhagwat, Manoj Pingale, Ajit Lakra and Trangender Acitivist Saanvi Jethwani.
More than 200 people voluntarily rallied in cycles to spread the message of ‘No Voter To Be Left Behind’ and create awareness of inclusive and accessible elections and the importance of registering for the electoral roll and participating in the democratic process, the Election Commission of India (ECI) informed in a press release.
Many more cheered the cyclists along the 20 km route. Enroute cycle rally, the CEC also stopped at certain places and interacted with localities to motivate them to become a part of the election process.
Noticing high urban apathy and low young voters’ participation in Pune, the Election Commission participated in the voter awareness cycle rally in the city to motivate and mobilize the youth and society at large for proactive participation in the election process.
“Some of the cities do not really do that kind of voting and there is a whole lot of ground which we have to cover in urban areas and that is why this cycle rally was organised to create awareness,” the CEC said.
Election Commissioner Pandey said everyone should register as voter and spread the messages of voter awareness too, for strengthening our democracy.
Maharashtra Chief Electoral Officer Shrikant Deshpande informed that voter lists will be read out in every gram sabha of the state on 10th November.
CEO Maharashtra is also organizing voter registration camps in every college of the state, he added. District Election Officer of Pune Dr. Rajesh Deshmukh assured all facilities and special camps to enrol eligible voters in the Pune city during the SSR 2023 period for a healthy and inclusive electoral roll.
Annual Special Summary Revision is conducted in every State to ensure enrollment of newly eligible citizens and ensuring a healthy, pure, inclusive and error free electoral roll. This year the SSR formally starts with publication of the draft electoral roll on November 9, 2022 with reference to January 01, 2023 as the qualifying date. (Press Release)