TO INCREASE transparency in the elections, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has for the first time, parallel to the Maharashtra Election Commission’s efforts, taken up the mammoth task of verifying voters on the electoral rolls. The BMC had allotted the task of conducting an intensive door-to-door survey to more than 10,000 staff members on November 27 and more than 80 per cent of the city has already been covered.
Civic officials said the EC had directed the BMC to conduct the survey. “This is the first time that BMC has taken up the task of visiting each and every house to verify the address, photographs and other details of a voter. We had taken the electoral rolls from the Election Commission and out of 9,792 electoral parts, we have completed surveying 7920,” said Deputy Municipal Commissioner B G Pawar. He added that there were 92 lakh people on the electoral rolls in 227 electoral wards.
Another civic official said the survey was taken up to check bogus voters, people who had shifted as well as duplications.
The surveyors have also been asked to map the individual houses using Geographic Information System (GIS). Civic officials said this information would be integrated with the EC’s mobile application called True Voter. “We have marked the peripheral buildings to map demarcations of the ward boundaries and have managed to mark coordinates of most of the houses,” said Pawar.
Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said the initiative aimed to individually locate voters. “It is a good move but a challenging task. With the help of GIS mapping, people will be able to find their voting booths,” he said.