National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP) is voter registering project of the ECI or the Election Commission of India. It will connect the Elector’s Photo Identity Card (EPIC) with the 12 digit Aadhar number of the listed voter. It targets to build an error-free voter ID system in the country, especially by removing duplications and forged or bogus voters. This project was launched on March 3rd 2015 and is predicted to be completed by 15 August 2015.
A month after the launch of the Programme which associates Aadhaar with voters’ Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), it is yet to pick up the pace. The district administration has asked city voters to log onto the website to connect directly and not to wait for distinct drives.
Deputy election officer, Samiksha Chandrakar Gokule, said that even after a month of the launch of the programme, they were not able to draw a desired response. They rather want the urban voters to log onto the election website and give in to the details of the Aadhaar and the Elector’s Photo Identity Card so that they can be connected as the part of the programme. They can also do the needed at the Electoral Registration Offices, but city voters, having easy access to internet services, can do it directly and quickly.
The drive was planned to be on till June 30th. The election officer conveyed that inhabitants should tie their EPIC number with their UID number online on the website and those who did not possess an EPIC, should interact with the election office at the old Zilla Parishad building on the 1st floor. Currently, the EPIC reporting is 91 per cent.
Pune district has a total of 70 lakh voters. Voters have to give in their specifics under a distinct form that enquires EPIC number as well as 12 digit Aadhaar number. The initiative is fixed on gathering of information of Aadhaar card, intended revelation of replication of names, development of image quality in the voting roll as well as organizing mobile number and e-mail ids.
The ECI wants to have a clean and a fair electoral roll. Despite achievement of the summary revision, errors were seen. The drive is meant to be at an electoral roll without flaws, mistakes or multiple entries. The election officer further added that those whose names figured in two electorates should fill and submit the form 7 for removal of name. “We would be casting an eye over for such names and issuing warnings. If there is no reply, the names would be spontaneously deleted” said Gokule.
Feeding of the 12 digit unique Aadhaar number in the EPIC data base will be done with the help of a National Voters Service Portal, using web services through election commission website or through an text message service to 51969 or by email or by a mobile application. The application is still undergoing the process of development.
The process yet can be initiated by dialling these four digits :1950, it is a toll-free number, or by submitting the 12 digit Aadhaar card number and the EPIC number in a suitably filled layout along with a duplicate copy of EPIC and Aadhaar card. The programme is intended at attaining 100 per cent attention by the month July 2015 as per ECI guiding principle.
The commission has inquired the CEO to watch the programme carefully and take stock of the undergoing situation, the target that is achieved and the review of the work yet to be completed.