During the ongoing voters registration drive,which will end on October 31,nearly 12,000 voters have already got themselves registered by submitting their documents. To encourage more eligible voters to get registered,the district election office has decided to start drop box facility at SETU suvidha kendras one each at the Collectors office,Yerawada godown,Shivajinagar godown and one in Pimpri-Chinchwad.
All eight Food Distribution Office zones,along with main offices in rural areas,will have these drop box facilities. We have made all arrangements to help voters submit the filled-up forms at these kendras, said deputy election officer Apurva Wankhede. Besides a helping hand offered by NGOs in registrations,the election department is also reaching out to first-time voters in colleges by getting the forms distributed through college representatives. The filled-up forms can be dropped at these SETU suvidha kendras,she added.
Political parties too can come forward by appointing persons to help get forms filled up and submitted at these kendras. District collector Vikas Deshmukh had announced that they were making all efforts for as many registrations as possible along with concentrating on dead and shifted voters. He had said they wanted to prepare a detailed list which would give the corrected names with proper addresses. For the 2014 elections,the department will ready the final list by January 5 which will be published on Voters Day on January 25.
The department has already prepared a list of 65 lakh voters and it wants to verify all the names for which collectorate officials have started visiting homes to make the additional inclusion and deletion. Unlike in rural areas,the process is getting delayed in the city area as those who shift out leave behind no details to track them down,said officials. The NGOs are roping in members of the committees and helping people to submit the forms. The voters are also applying for photo identity cards,officials said.