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Haryana is first state to publish voters' list with photos

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2009 18:27 hrs

Chandigarh: Over 11.9 million voters of Haryana will now have their photographs printed on the electoral rolls of the state, giving it the distinction of becoming the first state in the country to publish the entire voters' lists with photographs.

"A 100 percent in photo electoral rolls in Haryana has been achieved with the constant and sincere efforts by Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and Haryana Electronics Development Corporation (Hartron) during the last one year. Normally it is very difficult to achieve photo electoral coverage beyond 96 to 97 percent," said a spokesperson of Hartron here Thursday evening.

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Hartron is a state-level agency that looks after the preparation of computerised voters' lists and Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPICs) in the state.

"Hartron first undertook the task of preparation of EPICs during 1993-94. Its work has been appreciated by the Election Commission of India and we have also lent our expertise to various other states," said the spokesperson.

He added that publication of voters' lists with photographs would ensure that there will be no bogus voting in the state.

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