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Voter base in island city dips by 14%, March 25 last day to enrol

6.54 lakh names were deleted from electoral rolls in three phases from January 2013, 1.04 lakh new names were added to rolls during same period.

Voter base in the island city has shrunk by 14 per cent from 26.87 lakh voters ahead of the 2009 parliamentary elections to 23.09 lakh as on January 31, according to data released by the office of Mumbai Collector on Friday.

While 6.54 lakh names were deleted from the electoral rolls in three phases from January 2013, 1.04 lakh new names were added to the rolls during the same period.

“The decadal growth rate in the island city has been negative over the years as a number of people are relocating to the suburbs, and the island city has always had migrant population that keeps fluctuating,” said Collector  Shaila A. There are 12.84 lakh male voters and 10.25 lakh female voters in the island city.

The six parliamentary seats of Mumbai will go to polls on April 24 and the last date to file nomination papers for candidature is April 5. With a view to include maximum number of names in the electoral rolls, the collector’s office has extended the voter registration drive up to March 25.

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“The last day to register is 10 days before the last day of filing nominations,  March 25. These may include those who have an Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC), but their name is missing from the rolls, and those who do not have an EPIC and wish to apply for one,” said Shaila.

The ‘1950’ toll free helpline for all registration-related queries was functional during office hours, but since March 1 it has been made a 24X7 helpline number. Those who have an EPIC can send a text message with the EPID ID number to 9869889966 for details of whether their name is on the electoral list and the address of their polling station.

The booth-level officer in each of the 2,545 polling stations in the island city will be available on March 9, and citizens can check their names on the electoral rolls.

“We will soon start another dedicated helpline number that will deal with complaints related to violation of the code of conduct, complaints about paid news and non-transparency in candidate’s campaign expenditure. We will announce the number next week,” said Shaila.