The UT Administration has started a special drive to ensure higher enrollment of voters in the city. Currently,there is a projected population of around 11 lakh in the city who are eligible voters. However,only 5.02 lakh people are registered voters according to the UT electoral list. The enrollment ratio,which is less than 50 per cent,is a major concern for the Administration.
However,a major part of the unregistered voters consists of floating population,which is students and people from other states. There are number of people who are from the other states that includes students and working people. Usually they are enrolled in their respective states. However anyone who wants to be registered as voters here can get their names removed from the electoral list of their home states and apply for the registration here said Kashish Mittal,SDM (South).
The drive was started from October 1 and will go on till October 31. Under this drive,Booth Level Officers (BLOs) will be visiting the homes of the city residents and encourage them to get themselves registered as voters.
As part of the awareness drive,the Election Commission,along with Chandigarh Administration has also collaborated with schools and colleges to motivate the youths to register themselves. We are trying to ensure maximum enrollment for the upcoming elections. As many as 12 Assistant Electoral Registration Officers (AERO) and more than 490 BLOs are working to ensure higher enrollment and bring more eligible people on the electoral list,said Mittal.
Door-to-door survey is also been conducted by the Administration to ensure proper verification of those applying for the registration. People who will be registered under the special drive will get their voter identity cards by January 25 National Voters Day . The cut-off date for those seeking registration is January 1,2014.