May 6, 2009 3:31:37 am
Only 3 lakh voter I-cards ready,another 59 lakh cards to go
With just 40 per cent voting in the city and an average of 45 per cent polling in the district in the Lok Sabha elections on April 23,the Election Department is making all efforts so that the percentage goes up in the Assembly elections.
Manoj K of Wanowrie whose name was mis-spelt in the voters list on April 23 and could not vote is keen to avail of this opportunity. I could not exercise my franchise. But I hope to do so in September, he said. Similarly,Kanta Mohite of Nanapeth area whose name did not figure in the list,is hoping that the record will be set straight ahead of the Assembly polls. I have my voter I-card,but my name does not figure in the list, she said.
With the Election Department already having generated a supplementary voters list during the last drive,the department is urging people who had not registered to make it this time. With only four months to go for the Assembly elections,the officers feel it is better to start the process early as they have to come out with voter I-cards for another 59 lakh citizens.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections,the district office could get ready only three lakh cards,of which a majority were left unclaimed. The missing names and the names that appeared erroneously in the list too have been taken up for correction by the election office.
It is a very tedious process as we are doing it almost manually – with the software system yet to start functioning. We have told the respective electoral registration officers to distribute the three lakh cards to the respective owners, said an election officer.
We have scanned the photos and are now making sure that the voters get it before the Assembly polls, said the officer. The software that was provided by the agency was to help in linking the old serial numbers with the new ones and also the photographers of voters. However,as it is not working,the entire process is done manually. After delimitation the entire process only got more difficult, he said.
According to the guidelines of the election commission,the voter I-card was mandatory for voting. Due to the failure to issue these cards,the Election Commission had also allowed 14 identity proof documents for voting. However,there were many who could not vote because their names were either mis-spelt or were missing on the D-day.
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