Help desk fails to draw voter response

70,000 out of 15 lakh missing photographs updated in 3 months

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 18, 2013 2:39 am

The voters’ help desk inaugurated by the district election officer to add photographs of voters in the electoral rolls have failed to draw response from people. Three months since its launch,of the 15 lakh voters whose photographs were missing, only 70,000 photographs were added in the electoral rolls.

The special desk was formed to append pictures on the electoral rolls and also to distribute voter id card on the spot. Apurva Wankhede,deputy district election officer,said,“The drive was undertaken to weed out bogus voters. The desks were made functional at all the 21 Assembly constituencies. Citizens were asked to visit the centres and get their photographs clicked. We had also made special arrangements to provide voter cards on the spot.”

However,the drive didn’t get a good response. “Even the 70,000 photographs that were updated was the result of door-to-door survey by the block-level officers,” she said,adding at most centres,the staff had no work throughout the day.

Commenting on the trend,activist Vivek Velankar said,“Many people tried time and again to get their names on the electoral list but failed. Thus they are not trying to take the effort again.” He also blamed the authorities for not publicising the scheme.

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