Statesman News Service
Kolkata, 6 January
West Bengal has succeeded in issuing photo voter cards to 100 per cent of its enrolled voters, joining ranks with a handful of states in the country to have achieved the goal. It has also published photo electoral rolls covering all enrolled voters in the state.
The new voters’ list that was released today following a month-long revision exercise has registered a net rise of 27,87,772 voters and the total number of voters in the state now stands at 6,24,68,988. This is a hike of 4.67 per cent over last year.
Of the total voters, 3,24,89,949 are males; 2,99,78,526 females and there are 513 eunuchs who are registered as “Others”. Significantly, the number of first time voters in the age group of 18-19 has this time gone by 13,79,820 from what was only 6,99,867 earlier.
The issuance of electoral photo identity card (EPIC), popularly known as photo voter card, to all enrolled voters and also placing their photographs in the voters’ list are major steps that will help identify genuine voters at a polling booth. Till last year, West Bengal had an EPIC coverage of 99.93 per cent and photo electoral roll coverage of 99.88 per cent.    
According to the office of the state’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), they have set a target of handing over 30,71,269 newly issued EPICs over the next one month.
Besides this, the CEO’s office is organizing “EPIC Week” from 27 January to 02 February in all the 294 Assembly segments in the state where people will be able to get the EPIC corrected or get a duplicate one in case of loss or damage to the one previously issued.