Ahead of the municipal corporation polls, a review meeting was conducted for the special voters’ registration drive from September 16 to October 14. As part of the drive, it has been decided that voters will be reached out through housing societies, bulk SMS, vans and street plays .
In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, there were several issues of voters not finding their names on the electoral list and a huge chaos followed. Hence, during this one-month drive to take in new registrations, voters have been urged to check their names on the voters’ list even if they have voted for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.
Pune District Collector Saurabh Rao said that they have 112 centres for collection of forms and in just four days, they have received 4,300 applications for new voters. “The forms will be collected at the 21 ward offices, 22 electoral registration offices, 69 colleges and municipal corporations have been urged to conduct a special GB imploring the corporators to ensure that the voters in their areas check the names on the voters’ list.
Moreover, the Election Commission has asked that the corporations should carry out special efforts to reach out to the citizens through advertisements, banners as well as vans and street plays to spread awareness,”said the collector.
This time around, already the election department has appointed special representatives to collect names of new voters in colleges. The collector also said that three special days in October—October 8-10 will have polling booths operational, which will enable the voters to check their names on the voters’ list as well as fill up the forms of addition or deletion so that they are well aware of their names for the respective polling booth.
This time 1,200 voters will be allotted for each polling booth and the booth number is expected to go way beyond 7,200. Presently, Pune has 67 lakh voters of which 27.36 lakh belong to PMC and 10.81 lakh voters belong to PCMC and 29.52 lakh voters belong to the rural areas of the district.