Among thousands of voters whose names went missing from the voter list during the Lok Sabha elections this year also included a few prominent personalities from the city. While there are many whose names have been included in the list for the upcoming Assembly elections, a few are still uncertain about exercising their franchise on Wednesday.
Actor-director Amol Palekar and his wife Sandhya Gokhale, who have been residing in Pune for a few decades, cast their vote in every election. However, during the Lok Sabha elections, they were taken aback when they found their names missing from the voter list. The couple had moved the Bombay High Court challenging the deletion of names from the electoral rolls. “The case is still in court. However, we have checked the current voter list and our names are there,” said Palekar.
Police Commissioner Satish Mathur too could not vote last time as his name was also missing from the list. “I have checked the list and have found my name on it this time,” said Mathur. Ashok Godse, president, Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Trust, said all his family members could not cast their vote during the Lok Sabha elections. “This time around, our names are there on the list and we have also received voter slips,” said Godse. Suyakant Pathak, MD, Grahak Peth, will also be able to vote this time as he has received his voter card and voter slip.
However, many like Anuradha Sahasrabudhe, Executive Director, Dnyanadevi Childline, are uncertain even this time. When Sahasrabudhe did not find her name on the voter list during LS polls, she had filed a complaint with election officials.
“About a month ago, I visited a local corporator’s office to check my name on the voter list. I saw my name and even took a printout. Just two days ago, when I checked the list online, my name was missing. I have not received my voter slip,” she said.
Television and film actor Divya Seth Shah, said, “When I did not find my name on the list last time, I tried logging into the website and even called the helpline number. While my calls went unanswered, the website, despite my efforts to navigate, kept on reverting to the first page. I am clueless on whether I will be able to vote this time or not.”