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Quest for voter I cards in Gurgaon

Sixty-seven-year-old V B Gupta is a retired government official who lives with his wife Vijay in their apartment in Gurgaon’s Sector 55 Surya Housing Society.

Written by Tanushree Roy Chowdhury | Gurgaon |
May 1, 2009 2:35:51 am

Thousands will not be able to cast their vote in this election despite applying for I-cards

Sixty-seven-year-old V B Gupta is a retired government official who lives with his wife Vijay in their apartment in Gurgaon’s Sector 55 Surya Housing Society. The elderly couple moved from Dehradun to Millennium City soon after Gupta’s retirement.

Though the couple had voter ID cards issued in Dehradun,they are not registered in the voters’ list for the Gurgaon parliamentary constituency.

“A few months ago,two gentlemen came to our society and told us that they were here to register us for the electoral roll. Then we did not hear from them again,” said Gupta.

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The last date to submit forms for missing names or corrections in the election office was April 9 this year.

The Guptas are not an exception. Kusum Dang and her husband B K Dang,an interior decorator,who live as tenants in the same society as Gupta have also failed to register themselves.

“We moved to Gurgaon 10 years ago from Mayur Vihar in East Delhi. During the last general elections,held in 2004,we went to Delhi to cast our votes. This year,it will not be possible as my husband will be out of town. Officers did visit our society and asked for details but that was it,” said Kusum.

“There are 48 apartments in this society and none of us has a voter ID card,” said Nupur Saxena,a resident of Surya Apartments. Her husband Naveen works with Philips Lighting and the couple has been living in Gurgaon for over three years now. For over 60 such housing societies in Sector 55 and 56,most residents do not have valid voter ID cards registered under the new list. For those who went to submit their forms at the election office,the experience was harrowing.

Amitabh Gaur,a resident of Parth Apartments in Sector 55,said: “I went to the election office thrice but could not get the form. Finally,a neighbour helped me. Submitting the form at the election commission office was another hassle. I went with my elderly mother on April 6. Since my child was unwell,my wife could not accompany us. After making us run from pillar-to-post,the officer refused to accept my wife’s form. As a result,only my mother and I have been able to submit our form this time.”

According to an official with the district administration,voters were supposed to submit forms at the district election office within seven days of the list being displayed.

“In case their names were missing,they were required to fill form-6. If there were any corrections required,they were supposed to fill form-7 and so on under Section 23 of the Representation of People’s Act,” said the official.

According to official records,a total of 6,947 voters have been added under the Gurgaon parliamentary constituency after a summary revision in the last five years. This is far less than the total number of people who move into the city each month. At present,the total number of voters registered with urbanised Gurgaon is 1.66 lakh.

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