While the Election Commission (EC) continues to make big claims about its online voter identity card registration process, there have been complaints from the users that the online process was falling through reportedly due to change in the demarcation of polling stations.
Not just that, candidates who applied online have also been complaining of delayed follow ups from the EC or discrepancies in the details shared by it for final verification of the documents.
Take the case of Gaytri Pancholi, a resident of Ghatkopar (West), who had applied for the voter card online over a month ago. On Saturday, Pancholi was forced to fill the form again manually after she was told that her online form has become "null and void" due to change in the demarcation of the polling stations.
"On Friday, I was intimated by the EC via SMS that I should get my original documents verified at constituency 169 Barve Nagar in Bhatwadi at Ghatkopkar but on reaching there I got a shocker when I was told that there has been a system error for the online application of form 6 and that my address does not come under the constituency to which I was called and I now instead need to go to constituency 170 (central govt staff quarters near the station for the process," said Pancholi.
On reaching polling station-170, Pancholi had to undertake the entire process manually. "It was so irritating that after all the big talks by the election commission about online registration, on ground level it remains the same. I finally had to fill the form manually and submit all the documents again," Pancholi added.
Another online user, Akbar Shaikh, a resident of Andheri (East), claims to have been waiting to get his voter card for last two years despite being enrolled in electoral roll since 10 years. His attempts to fill the form online has also not helped his case as despite a few month long wait, he is yet to get any response from the EC.
"For last 10 years I am waiting to get my voter I card but haven't received till date. Also filled up the form online with all supporting documents and photograph but to no avail," said Shaikh.
While chief electoral officer Nitin Gadre could not be contacted for comments, another senior officer accepted that there have been a few complaints of discrepancies in online registration cases. He, however, maintained that overall the drive has been successful and in most cases users have received cards without any hassle.
Hurry up, today is last day for voter registration.
If you have not registered for voter identity card yet, this Monday is the last day for registration. The drive for voter registration in Mumbai region would close by March 24. However, the election office has not made any special arrangements for the last day and the forms both online and physical would be accepted till 5pm. "We are one of the last states to continue the voter registration drive. The list for polling stations has been given on the official website and those who have yet not registered must rush and get it done by tomorrow," said a senior election commission officers.
To register online or to know your nearest polling station for manual registration visit Maharashtra Election Commission website: ceo.maharashtra.gov.in
Last date for registration: March 24
Timings: Between 10m and 5 pm