The state of Jammu and Kashmir is not that simple in case of the election processes. It is one of the most controversial topic to be discussed when it comes to elections. In order to understand the political scenario of Kashmir it is very important to know the political background of Kashmir.
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Historical background Of CEO Jammu and Kashmir
The state of Jammu and Kashmir has a strategically very important location in the south Asian region. Bounded in the north by the Russian and Chinese republics, it has Afghanistan on its northwest and Pakistan on its southwest. A very small area in the southeast of the state has common boundaries with India.
The politics of Kashmir is a history of betrayals and unfulfilled promises both by our own leaders and powers around them. The feeling of utter despair as well as determination to shape our own destiny in accordance with our wishes and aspirations have been and are being vehemently expressed and are receiving worldwide acclaim. It has now started being realized and appreciated that the boundaries of the country are set in the hearts of the people and are not determined by the constitution, not even geography.
No matter what ones perception is of Kashmir crisis, we should be clear about one thing: brute force can never create conditions for generating loyalty among people.
Pure democracy is the only way out to win the hearts of ever broken Kashmiris. Free and fair elections are the only option to bridge the gap between the center and the people.
To bridge this gap ECI has setup a Chief Electoral Office in every state of India and so is in Kashmir.
Election in Kashmir is not an easy process, where the streets scream “BOYCOTT, BOYCOTT” to conduct a free and a fair election is a true challenge.ECI has always tried is level best to conduct a free and a fair election process in the state but unfortunately elections have never gained the credibility amongst the people in such a case it is indeed a challenge for the ECI to conduct its elections in Kashmir.
Past few years have been a sought of improvement for Kashmir. From absolute rioting during the election to complete boycott to witnessing a high voter percentage, Kashmir has come a long way. As J. Nehru has said:
“People seem to forget that Kashmir is not a commodity for sale or to be bartered, it has an individual existence and its people must be final arbiters of their future”
People have used Kashmir for their own vested political interests but what has never been understood is that the people of Kashmir have the ultimate power to make or break their future.
‘Vaadi ko jagaoo’ has been the ultimate slogan for all those agencies who want to see the future of Kashmir as bright as the sun. ECI being one of them. its appointed officers work day and night to make people understand that vote and election is the only way forward, by boycotting you are destroying your own future by letting ‘ not worthy’ candidates climb up the top while the best remain at rest. Their ongoing campaigns for free and fair elections have finally worked; this year’s assembly voter turnout was the fruit of ECI’s hard work and never to die attitude.
People of Kashmir have finally understood the power of a vote!
Who is CEO Jammu and Kashmir – Chief Electoral Officer J&K
A true leader is a person whose influence inspires people to do what is expected of them to do. You cease to be a leader when you manipulate with your egos instead of convincing by your inspirations.CEO turns out to be the true leader of the state. He works along with his subordinates to make the world’s largest election process possible.
A Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) functions under the supervision, control and overall guidance of the Election Commission of India. According to the Representation of the People’s Act 1950 and 1951, each state of India must be assisted with a Chief Electoral Officer during the State Assembly elections as well as the general elections. According to provisions of the above-mentioned acts, the CEO has a significant role to play during the elections to the office of the President and the Vice-President of India. The CEO supervises the preparation, revision and maintenance of the electoral rolls in the state. It is the duty of the Chief Electoral Officer to ensure free and fair elections in the state, such that more percentage of votes are cast. It is the responsibility of the CEO to enhance communication between the voters of a state and the different departments of elections within the state. Most importantly, it is the task of the CEO to ensure that no political party has any control with the elections in the state.
Need of Chief Electoral Officer in every state.
To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity. That is what our CEO’S do.
1. Each state needs a Chief Electoral Officer so as to maintain maximum transparency in elections.
2. The CEO supervises the procedure and machinery for election in a state.
3. The State Election Department in every state, of which the CEO is an integral part, wishes to reach out to the people of the state to ensure better services in terms of Electoral Rolls, issuing valid Electors’ Photo Identity Cards (EPIC), ensuring thorough verification, scrutinization and correction of the EPIC cards and list of electoral rolls (spelling mistakes, mistakes in D.O.B etc.), digitizing maps to indicate areas of the polling stations and their respective distances, providing sufficient men power and material resources on the day of the elections and enforcing a model code of conduct to be followed by all voters.
4. The CEO must also look into the financial managements during an election.
5. The maintenance of law and order during the polling day depends largely on the Chief Electoral Officer.
The Chief Electoral Officer also superintends District Electoral Officers. In other words, the CEO is needed in every state to create maximum awareness of the rights and duties of the voters in the respective state, by building maximum outreach capacity to the voters.
Who is the CEO of J&K?
Shri Umang Narula is currently the Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir.He was born in the year 1965 on the 14th of June and he belongs to the state of Delhi. He was recruited as an IAS officer on August 21st 1989.
Umang Narula has done his Graduation and Post Graduation in Economics. As an Indian Administrative Service Officer, he is also a recipient of Honorable Chief Minister’s Gold Medal for Honesty, Integrity and Meritorious Public Service.
In his stint as an IAS officer he even served as a Commissioner of Kargil from 29th December 1995 to 16th December 1996.
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Here is the contact information for the CEO:
- Shri Umang Narula, IAS
Chief Electoral Officer, J&K/ Commissioner/ Secretary to Government,
Block-A, Old Secretariat, Srinagar (May to October)
2nd Floor, Vikas Bhawan, Rail Head Complex, Jammu (November to April)
Phone Srinagar and jammu
Office: 0194 – 2473609 0191 – 2477519
Fax: 0194 – 2452654 0191 – 2477389
Residence: 0194 – 2501769 0191 – 2437869
Mobile: 9419036231 e-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, J&K
Rakesh Srangal KAS
Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu
Phone Srinagar Jammu
Email Id : email@example.com
Phone : 0191-2479215
- Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, J&K
Shri Rashpal Singh, KAS
Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu
Phone Srinagar Jammu
Office: 0191 – 2477519
Email Id : firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: 0191 – 2477389
- Assistant Chief Electoral Officer, Kashmir
Shri Mohammad Sidiq,
In charge Assistant Chief Electoral Officer, Kashmir
Block-A, Old Secretariat, Srinagar
Office: 0194 – 2480567
Fax: 0194 – 2480567
- Assistant Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu
Shri Jai Kumar ,Assistant Chief Electoral Officer,
Jammu Shaheedi Chowk, Jammu
Office: 0191 – 2579270
Fax: 0191 – 2579270
Need to contact the state J&K CEO:
He is the most important person in the state hierarchy of election commission and has got the supreme authority in majority of the state decisions. He needs to be contacted for the following reasons:
- If you as a voter experience any serious problem in not getting your formal documents at the prescribed time as the associate authorities are not working up to the mark which is causing the delay, you can approach him for the complaints in the department.
- As he is responsible for the transparency of the system, if you experience any kind of corruption or malpractice during the election process i.e. anyone forcing you to vote, bribing you with money or liquor, disclosing the confidentiality of your vote esp. during the casting session in the voting compartment and not ending the campaign after the deadline etc need to be bought in his notice.
- If you are a candidate contesting elections, and the junior authorities are biased and are thus against you for any matter thus preventing you from permissions required, allowing proper campaign to take place and also defaming you. Contact the CEO for direct complaints
- Kashmir being a political boiling pot, law and order situation is very hard to control if the army deployed or the employees on the duty are not doing their duties well and are hand in gloves with the mischief makers contact the CEO immediately.
- Also, to maintain free and fair elections J&K CEO can be contacted at the above addresses.
Hierarchy of Election Commission of India
“A good team, like a good show, comes into being when the separate individuals working together create, in essence, another separate higher entity – the team – the show – which is better than any of those individuals can ever be on their own.” Gary David Goldberg.
Working separately can’t bring the amount of success that the ECI grabs in its pocket after every election. It is pure team work that works day and night for a better India
The Commission has a secretariat at New Delhi, consisting of about 300 officials, in a hierarchical set-up.
Two Deputy Election Commissioners, the senior-most officers in the Secretariat, assist the Commission. Directors, principal secretaries, and secretaries, under secretaries and deputy directors support the Deputy Election Commissioners in turn.
There is functional and territorial distribution of work in the Commission. The work is organized in divisions, branches and sections; each of the last mentioned units is in charge of a Section Officer.
The main functional divisions are planning, judicial, administration, information systems, media and secretariat co-ordination.
The territorial work is distributed among separate units responsible for different zones into which the 29 constituent states and six Union territories are grouped for convenience of management.
At the state level, the election work is supervised by a Chief Electoral Officer, who is appointed by the Commission from amongst senior civil servants. He is a full time officer and is assisted by a supporting staff.
Enrolling new candidates on the eve of national voters day
Lee Jo shapat pura karay usay, Behtar Jo, vote karay usay
On the eve of the national voter’s day election commission had made it a point to enroll all the 18+ as the new voters, in order to become a new voter here is a sneak peek of different kinds of enrollments for the new voters.
- Form 6A:Fill this form if you are a kashmiri but an NRI i.e. for an overseas elector
- Form M: for kashmiri migrant voters
- Form ME: Fill this form if you are a Migrant Employees
- Form 6(Urdu):including the name in the electoral rolls
- Form 6(English): including the name in the electoral rolls
- Form 7(Urdu):deleting the name
- Form 7(English):deleting the name
- Form 8(Urdu):modifying the details
- Form 8(English):modifying the details
- Form 12:letter of intimation to the returning officer
- Form 8A:shifting voters in the electoral rolls
- Form 8A:shifting voters in the electoral rolls
- Form ME: for durbar move employees
1. Form 6A for Overseas Electors Form 6A
2. Form ME For Migrant Employees Form ME
3. Form M for Kashmiri Migrant Voters Form M
4.Form 12 Letter of Intimation to Returning Officer Form 12
5. Application for including name in Electoral Rolls (Urdu) Form 6
6. Application for including name in Electoral Rolls (English) Form 6
7. Application for Deleting name from Electoral Rolls (Urdu) Form 7
8. Application for Deleting name from Electoral Rolls (English). Form 7
9. Application for Modifying voter particulars in Electoral Rolls (Urdu) Form 8
10. Application for Modifying voter particulars in Electoral Rolls (English) Form 8
11. Application for Shifting Voters in Electoral Rolls (Urdu) Form 8-A
12. Application for Shifting Voters in Electoral Rolls (English) Form 8-A
13. Form-ME for Durbar Move Employees Form-ME
Procedure to register as a new voter in J&K CEO
Vaadi mein laao khushali, matdaan mein badaoo apni bagidari
Here are the details of the registration:
Online Registration :
Follow the steps to add your name in the electoral roll
1. Open the page: http://ceojk.nic.in
2. Click the “Online Registration” link on the home page
3. Fill up the online form
4. Upload one passport size colour photograph in the space mentioned in the Form (Read instructions regarding photograph on form page 2)
5. The photograph file type should be JPEG/JPG and it should be within 20 KB. This is mandatory.
6. Also upload additional (supporting) documents in PDF format.
7. Also fill up your mobile phone number. This is mandatory.
8. Once you click the ‘submit’ button, you will receive an SMS containing a verification code on the same mobile number
9. Fill in the verification code received by SMS on your mobile in the text box provided.
10. Print a copy of the registration form and receipt and keep these handy.
11. The Booth Level Officer (BLO) who will come to your residence to verify the information and will collect documents from you.
Documents Required for Voter ID online application:
a) Proof of your residence (such as driving license, bank pass book, any postal letter received in your name on your address etc.
b) In case you are a student residing in a Hostel of your University/ Institute or elsewhere (e.g. PG) Etc., then please get a Declaration in the pro forma at annexure One.
c) Proof of your age, such as birth certificate, school leaving certificate etc. However this is only required if you are between 18 and 21 years age.
Alternatively, you can send signed copy of the application form along with the aforesaid documents to your ERO/ Booth Level Officer.
Instructions Regarding Photograph To Be uploaded :
1. The scanned file should be JPG/ JPEG and be within 20 KB size.
2. The photograph should either be clicked digitally or scanned with utmost care from a hard printed copy.
3. It should be in true color.
4. It should be of frontal view only and in portrait mode.
5. It should show a close up of the applicant’s head and top of the shoulders.
6. The view should be frontal with the person looking straight at the camera with neutral expression and mouth closed.
7. It should be taken in a manner so as to maximize the area covering the face. In any case, the area covered by the face should not be less than 75% of the area of the photograph.
8. It should show the person with eyes open and clearly visible with no hair/ cap/ hat/ headgear/ veil/ cover/ shadow/ reflection obscuring the eyes. If the person wears glasses, these should not be tinted or reflecting light in the photograph so that the eyes are clearly visible.
9. It should have a plain, light colored background.
10. There must be no other people or objects visible in the frame.
11. It should be “in focus” and taken with proper lighting so that the facial features are clearly visible and recognizable.
12. There should be no creases, staple marks, ink marks etc.
13. It should have appropriate brightness and contrast and show natural skin tones.
New User Registration :
- Register yourself in the Citizens’ Portal to get your username and password for online submission by clicking New User- Sign up. (Mobile Number will become your User Name)
- To create your account, click on Register. The password shall be sent to you by SMS.
- Provide a valid Mobile No. during registration.
- After successful registration, a verification code shall be sent to your Mobile as SMS.
- You can login using your username and password to submit an application
- Document proof (age and address) should be uploaded along with your application. Only single combined PDF of size < 1 MB is allowed)
Dos and Don’ts while submitting forms:
These are the steps should to be taken care while entering the Applications
1. Recent Passport Size Photograph (3.5CM X 3.5 CM) and Photo should be in jpg Format and Maximum Size of Image should be 20KB.
2. Age Proof Document should be in pdf Format and Maximum Size of PDF should be 1MB only.
3. Address Proof Document should be in pdf Format and Maximum Size of PDF should be 1MB only.
4. The Mandatory Fields highlighted as (*) must be filled.
Offline Voter Registration System:-
For inclusion of your name in the Voter List fill up Form 6 and submit it to the ERO (Election Registration Officer) or in simple words to get your name added to the Voter list, fill up Form 6 and submit it to the ERO Or your BLO Form 6 can be downloaded here.
We suggest you attach 2 photographs to the Form 6 along with the proof of the ordinary residence. Applicants between the age of 18 and 21 years are required to attach the proof of age.
Voter Search (Electoral Roll) :
Kindly follow the mentioned steps to search your name in the voter’s list.
- Select Language
- Select District Name
- Select Assembly Constituency
- Select Polling Station
- Enter the Name or Part of Name or ID Card
- Enter the Security Code as per given on the website for verification and
- Click on Search Button.
Search Your Name Here : ceojk.nic.in/namesearch/main
View Claims/ Objections :
- Forms Received During Claims And Objections.
- Select AC
- Select Polling Station
- Select Type of Form Click on Show Forms Button
Know Your BLO :
To Know Your Booth Level Officer Details,
1. Select the know your BLO tab
2. Select AC and Click on Show BLO List Button.
Get List Here : ceojk.nic.in/claimforms/auth_pages/frmblodetails
Get Application Status, BLO and Polling Station Details Through SMS :
To know your status (in Electoral Roll) :
JKERM <space> STATUS <Space> 10-character-EPIC
SMS to 919211728083
To Know your BLO :
JKERM <space> BLO <Space> 10-character-EPIC
SMS to 919211728083
To Know your Polling Station :
JKERM <space> PS <Space> 10-character-EPIC
SMS to 919211728083
Here is a list of the updated electoral rolls and steps to do it:
1. open this link: check name/electoral roll/jkceo
2. Select PS wise report option i.e. polling station wise and other stands for assembly constituency wise.
3. Select the language as English,hindi and Urdu as desirable.
4. Select your district.
5. Select your AC
6. Select your PC
7. Download the list of electoral rolls.
SMS Based Elector Information System :
Number : Send To 919211728083
SMS Format :
Know your Status (in Electoral Rolls) :
JNKERM <space> STATUS <space> 10-character-EPIC
Who is my BLO (Booth Level Officer)?
JNKERM <space> BLO <space> 10-character-EPIC
Where is my Polling Station?
JNKERM <space> PS <space> 10-character-EPIC
Check validity of an EPIC No. (as per ECI guidelines) :
JNKERM <space> VALID <space> 10-character-EPIC
Get Help about different SMS based services :
JNKERM <space> HELP
Help Line :
Dial 1950 for Voter Help Line
Alternative Documents to prove Identity at Polling Booth :
1 : Whereas, Section 61 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 provides that with a view to preventing impersonation of electors, so as to make the right of genuine electors to vote under section 62 of that Act more effective, provisions may be made by rules under that Act for use of Electors Photo Identity Card for electors as the means of establishing their identity at the time of polling; and
2 : Whereas, Rule 28 of the Registration of Electors Rules, 1960, empowers the Election Commission to direct, with a view to preventing impersonation of electors and facilitating their identification at the time of poll, the issue of Electors Photo Identity Card to electors bearing their photographs at State cost; and
3 : Whereas, Rules 49H (3) and 49K (2) (b) of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, stipulate that where the electors of a constituency have been supplied with Electors Photo Identity Card under the said provisions of Rule 28 of the Registration of Electors Rules, 1960, the electors shall produce their Electors Photo Identity Card at the polling station and failure or refusal on their part to produce those Electors Photo Identity Card may result in the denial of permission to vote; and
4 : Whereas, a combined and harmonious reading of the aforesaid provisions of the said Act and the Rules, makes it clear that although the right to vote arises by the existence of the name in the electoral roll, it is also dependent upon the use of the Electors Photo Identity Card, where provided by the Election Commission at State cost, as the means of establishing their identity at the time of polling and that both are to be used together; and
5 : Whereas, the Election Commission made an Order on the 28th August, 1993, directing the issue of Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) to all electors, according to a time bound programme; and
6 : Whereas, Electors Photo Identity Card has been issued to more than 97% registered electors in the country; and
7 : Whereas, the Commission has directed that ‘Authenticated Photo Voters Slip’ shall be distributed to the electors.
8 : Now, therefore, after taking into account all relevant factors and the legal and factual position, the Election Commission hereby directs that for General Elections to the House of the People, 2014 and the State Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, 0disha & Sikkim and bye-elections from 27 Assembly Constituencies being held simultaneously, which have been notified/to be notified on 13-03-2014, 14-03-2014, 15-03-2014, 19-03-2014, 29-03-2014, 02-04-2014, 12-04-2014 and 17-04-2014, all electors who have been issued EPIC shall produce the EPIC for their identification at the polling station before casting their votes. Those electors who are not able to produce the EPIC shall produce one of the following alternative photo identity documents for establishing their identity:-
9 : Now, therefore, after taking into account all relevant factors and the legal and factual position, the Election Commission hereby directs that for General Elections to the House of the People, 2014 and the State Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, 0disha & Sikkim and bye-elections from 27 Assembly Constituencies being held simultaneously, which have been notified/to be notified on 13-03-2014, 14-03-2014, 15-03-2014, 19-03-2014, 29-03-2014, 02-04-2014, 12-04-2014 and 17-04-2014, all electors who have been issued EPIC shall produce the EPIC for their identification at the polling station before casting their votes. Those electors who are not able to produce the EPIC shall produce one of the following alternative photo identity documents for establishing their identity:-
Vote With :
(ii) Driving License;
(iii) Service Identity Cards with photograph issued to employees by Central/State Govt. PSUs/Public Limited Companies;
(iv) Passbooks with photograph issued by Bank/Post Of- ce;
(v) PAN Card; –
(vi) Aadhar Card;
(vii) Smart Card issued by R61 under NPR;
(viii) MNREGA Job Card
(ix) Health Insurance Smart Card issued under the scheme of Ministry of Labour;
(x) Pension document with photograph; and
(xi) Authenticated Photo Voter Slip issued by the election machinery.
10 : In the case of EPIC, clerical errors, spelling mistakes, etc. should be ignored provided the identity of the elector can be established by the EPIC. If an elector produces an Electors Photo Identity Card, which has been issued by the Electoral Registration Officer of another Assembly Constituency, such EPICs shall also be accepted for identification provided the name of that elector finds place in the electoral roll pertaining to the polling station where the elector has turned up for voting. If it is not possible to establish the identity of the elector on account of mismatch of photograph, etc. the elector shall have to produce one of the alternative photo documents mentioned in para 8 above.
11 : Notwithstanding anything in Para 8 above, overseas electors who are registered in the electoral rolls under Section 20A of the Representation of the People Act, 1950, based on the particulars in their Passport, shall be identified on the basis of their original passport only (and no other identity document) in the polling station.
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Importance of Voting in India
Why Should We Vote
Voting in India is a Constitutional right if one is a citizen over 18 years of age. However, that also makes it optional. It has been a tendency among voters, especially in the urban areas, to treat the voting day as a day of rest. While skipping the vote may not seem to cause any harm, the long-term consequences are disastrous.
Here’s why every citizen of India must cast his or her vote:
- Agent of change: Voting is the agent of change. If the people of India think that the ruling government is not performing its duties satisfactorily, they can show it the door by voting against it. Refraining from doing so can result in the same party, or a worse one, being elected for the next five years.
- Every vote counts: In a country so populous, a voter might feel that a single vote does not make any difference. However, the balance tilts when this becomes a national attitude and lakhs—perhaps Crore—of votes are not cast. By casting their vote, citizens may not necessarily be able to get the best candidate elected—politics being what it is—but by avoiding casting their vote they improve the chances of the unsuitable ones winning the polls. At the end, it is only the voter who has to suffer through poor governance.
- Get heard: Voting offers every citizen a medium of expression. In a country as vast and diverse as ours, different regions have different concerns and priorities. The process of voting allows every citizen to have a say in what should constitute the matters of importance by voting for the candidate he or she deems fit for the purpose. While it is true that the outcome of elections is seldom predictable, by not casting one’s vote, that citizen is giving up on the chance of getting heard.
- Voting as a responsibility: Voting is as much a responsibility as it is a right. The whole edifice of Indian democracy is built on the foundation of voting. If citizens are not careful about casting their vote—or worse, skip their vote altogether—it will jeopardize the existence of our democratic Republic.
- Voting as an honor: Finally, voting is an honor conferred on the citizens by the founding fathers. By exercising their right to vote, citizens demonstrate their respect for the history of the country.
It can’t be denied that the recent democratic experience in India has not been encouraging. For the past several years, India has been struggling with rampant corruption, unsure economy, and unclear foreign policy. Election after election has seen ineffective governments come to power that have done more harm than good. However, not casting one’s vote will only worsen the condition. It is our duty as responsible citizens of India to make informed decisions and choose the best candidate from those presented. Moreover, with reforms like Right to reject gaining wider support, it wouldn’t be long before the system of elections is improved.