Around 8,500 forms for enrolment of new voters were received during a special camp held by the UT Election Department on Sunday.
The election department had also held a similar camp on Saturday, where around 1,500 forms were received. The names of the new voters enrolled will be part of the supplementary electoral rolls.
The camp was held at 500 polling booths across different sectors of the city following directions by the Election Commission of India. The camp was held to enrol new voters as well as facilitate those who wanted to get corrections in the voter ID cards.
The electoral rolls were displayed at every booth. Residents could check their names on the list. Booth-level officers were present to accept the forms. They were instructed to help residents fill out the forms. There have been instances when even those having voter ID cards found their names missing from the electoral rolls when they went to vote. During the last Lok Sabha elections, this was experienced in several sectors. At places, rows of houses were missing from the list.
People can still submit forms till March 22 which is the last date for filing nominations. Thereafter, supplementary electoral rolls will be issued. At present, there are 5.80 lakh voters registered in the city. Joint Chief Electoral Officer Tilak Raj says that verification will be done following which the names will be included in the new voter list.
As many as 11,024 new voters were enrolled in Mohali on Sunday. An enrolment and awareness campaign was carried out at 685 polling booths of the district. Besides, applications for corrections in the existing voter ID cards were invited.
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Deputy Commissioner Tejinderpal Singh Sidhu visited various polling stations to inspect the enrolment drive. He also interacted with the first-time voters who came to the booths to get enrolled ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
Sidhu said that before the drive, there were nearly 6 lakh voters in the district, out of whom 3.16 lakh were male and 2.8 lakh were female. He added that the voter turnout during the last Lok Sabha elections was 67 per cent. “This time we’re aiming to take it to 85 per cent. Youngsters are being encouraged to come out and vote on the polling day,” he added.
Around 5,000 voters were enrolled in the Panchkula Vidhan Sabha constituency while over 1,500 voters were enrolled in the Kalka constituency. Panchkula Deputy Commissioner S S Phulia said that more than 6,500 voters were enrolled during the drive conducted at all the 375 polling booths of the district. “The exact figure could be more as reports from some polling stations are awaited. The enrolment and awareness drive will continue till March 22. I appeal to all potential voters above 18 years of age to get themselves enrolled and exercise their franchise,” he added.