Information has been presented in a pictorial manner for better understanding of India's electoral diversity

An ‘Atlas on General Elections 2019’ has been launched by the Election Commission of India to present all the data and statistical figures of this massive exercise.

With 42 thematic maps and 90 tables, the General Election 2019 Atlas serves as an informative and illustrative document that brings to light the nuances of the Indian electoral process.

The maps and tables depict information in a pictorial manner for better understanding and appreciation of the electoral diversity of the country, the Election Commission of India said.

Released during a virtual conference of the Chief Electoral Officers of all the States and UTs, the Atlas brings out salient features such as data of the 23 states and UTs where women voting percentage was more than the male voting percentage; information about the largest parliamentary constituency in terms of electors, candidates and performance of political parties amongst other parameters.

Meanwhile, the virtual meet of CEOs
focused on issues like smooth, efficient and voter friendly services, updation/purity of the electoral roll, integration of IT Applications, extensive voter outreach program, Media & Communication strategy, Expenditure monitoring, legal issues, EVM and VVPAT storage related infrastructure and training & capacity building.

According to a press release issued by the ECI, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra stressed the importance of such periodic review meetings for revamping back-end systems so that voter centric services can be delivered swiftly and efficiently on priority.

He said that such CEO review meetings would be institutionalized and will be organized more frequently.

The CEC emphasized that CEOs should make sustained year round efforts to engage with new voters for registration and other services like correction, change of address etc for existing voters and awareness of hassle free facilitation platforms of Election Commission. He reiterated the importance of an updated and error free electoral roll.

Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said that CEOs should send their suggestions and ideas for new reforms to be taken up in the identified verticals being examined by the Core Committee.

During the conference, the Chief Electoral Officers of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal shared their experiences and lessons from conducting elections during the pandemic.

The CEOs of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand & Uttar Pradesh briefed the Commission about various challenges, innovations and suggestions for upcoming assembly elections in their respective states.