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Chaos at Election Committee's special drive as officials remain absent

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - 6:30am IST | Agency: dna

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Residents who went for voter enrollment during the special drive held as per the instructions of the Election Commission (EC) had to face a tough time as 74 officers in Belapur assembly segment and three officials in the Airoli segment remained absent making the eligible voters sprint to Konkan Bhavan to submit the forms directly to the election officials.

Officials have confirmed "Of the 345 booths officials were absent at 74 booths in Belapur and in Airoli of the 325 booths 3 remained absent. But we accepted there forms at Konkan Bhavan and also deputed some officials in the afternoon to collect forms."

A special drive was undertaken on Sunday so that eligible voters who do not find their names in electoral rolls could include the same so that they can cast vote during the coming Lok Sabha elections.

According to residents who reached the polling booth around 10am, "There was no official till afternoon at the booth and we were clueless whether anyone would be present or not. Finally, we decided to submit our forms at the adjacent booth only to be told that the forms won't be accepted here but will have to submit them at Konkan Bhavan.

It was then that we reached Konkan Bhavan to submit the same," said S Sakre, a resident of Vashi.

He added, "This was supposed to be a special drive which was announced by none other than the election commission to ensure that maximum number of voters exercise their franchise for the coming polls.

The administration should have taken requisite steps to ensure that everyone is able to submit forms. Instead the residents are made to run here and there."

Another resident, TK Joshi, pointed out at various anamolies in the list, saying, "Despite filling up the form properly there are several mistakes in the list everytime which starts from wrong address.

There is a serious need for officials to monitor what work is happening. Such kind of attitude will rob several eligible voters of their right to exercise franchise."

Kiran Patil, a resident of Kharghar, who has taken up the matter of voters list with tehsildar office, said, "There are major mistakes in the list. Despite pointing it out repeatedly, they still persist.

This is because the agency to whom the work has been outsourced is not doing the job properly and officials are having no control over them."

The draft electoral roll will be published by April 9.

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