Photography campaign for voter ID cards from today

Kohima | May 31 : In the wake of the first phase of photography campaign for Voter Identity Cards starting from June 1, Nagaland Chief Secretary Lalthara today appealed to all village councils, GBs, municipal, town, ward authorities, political parties, tribal hohos, students bodies, church authorities and other NGOs, media and parents of eligible voters to extend their fullest cooperation to the district administration and the respective Block Level Officers (BLOs) for successful completion of the campaign.
“The recent successful conduct of an accurate census, despite heavy odds, gives me great hope and confidence that the people of the state will make this photography campaign also a grand success,” said Chief Secretary. Lalthara also appealed to all concerned not to let their children who are below the age of 18 years to get photographed as it is against the law and may harm the future career of the child.
Also do not get yourself photographed in more than one place as multiple entries in the Photo E/rolls are easily detectable, which is punishable U/S 31 of RP Act 1950. “As responsible and enlightened citizens, it is our responsibility to ensure a 100% defect free photography campaign which will benefit our people enormously,” Lalthara said adding that it will help in preparing a clean electoral roll and eliminate election malpractices such as proxy voting.
The Chief Secretary also made a fervent appeal to all citizens- whose names are already enrolled in the voter lists- to go to their respective poling stations at the appointed day and get photographed for issue of Voters Identity Cards. Please do not miss this rare opportunity, he added.
Chief Secretary Lalthara appeals public to extend cooperation
Voters’ Identity Card has emerged as a powerful tool of citizen empowerment. In other parts of India, the Voter ID Card is being used not only for voter identification at the time of poling during elections but also as proof of identity for school and college admissions, for opening bank accounts, for getting phone or mobile connections, for obtaining passports and visas, for check-ins at the airports and railway stations and for availing many other facilities that the central and State government offers.
Unfortunately, our people are deprived of these benefits because the voters in the state have not been issued accurate Identity Cards, said Chief Secretary. Now, an opportunity is coming our way, the release said adding that the Election Commission of India has launched a photography campaign for issuance for Voter Identity card free of charge. The same photographs will also be used for preparing photo electoral rolls for easy identification of the voters at the time of poling.
In Nagaland, the first phase starts from June 1 to 26 while second phase will be conducted from July 2 to 27. The actual date of photography in respect of the respective area and the poling station will be notified by the respective Deputy Commissioner and the District Election Officer, the release added.