Now all have EPIC in TN

Published: 13th June 2012 08:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th June 2012 08:36 AM   |  A+A-

The Election Commission (EC) has ensured 100 per cent coverage in TN by issuing Electors Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) to all eligible voters. The voters may exercise their franchise only by showing the EPIC or the booth slip with their photo and address.

Until recently, about 63,000 voters in Chennai district and about 2,000 voters in Kancheepuram were yet to get EPIC and a house-to-house verification of the voter list was conducted. After excluding the names of those who had moved from their addresses and names that had been duplicated, only 389 voters in Kancheepuram district and 1,229 voters in Chennai were identified as eligible for getting voter identity cards. Now, all of them have been covered.

In Assam, the EPIC coverage has just begun. The delay was caused due to certain local issues. Though the process was started in Jammu and Kashmir last year, the State could achieve only 73.34 per cent coverage so far. The percentage of EPIC coverage in other States and Union Territories according to the latest figures are: Arunachal Pradesh (98.21 per cent), Bihar (91.34 pc), Gujarat (97.81 pc), Karnataka (91.54 pc), MP (98.45 pc), Maharashtra (79.39 pc), Manipur (97.06 pc), Nagaland (81.22 pc), Orissa (87.09 pc), Punjab (99.74 pc), Rajasthan (95.20 pc), Sikkim (99.9 pc), UP (97.72 pc), West Bengal (97.49 pc), Chattisgarh (94.45 pc), Jharkhand (84.10 pc), Uttarakhand (99.78 pc), Andaman and Nicobar Islands (77.36 pc), Chandigarh (99.85 pc), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (85.88 pc), Daman and Diu (88.99 pc), Delhi (92.06 pc) and Lakshadweep (99.95 pc).

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