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Mumbai has 80,000 untraceable voters

Friday, 11 April 2014 - 9:05am IST | Agency: dna

To prevent bogus voting in this poll, the Election Commission has decided to film the polling process at booths that have a large number of voters without photo identity cards. The EC zeroed down on such booths after EC officials could not trace photos of several voters despite attempts.

Not just that, the commission could not even trace their family linkages. The poll body in last few weeks had undertaken an extensive drive to collect photos of voters whose names existed in the list but had no photo against it.

"Usually in such cases we try to look for the family linkages of such people to establish their identity. In Island city, so far, we have 80,000 cases where voters could not be traced nor could we establish their family linkages," said Shaila A, Mumbai city collector.

Mumbai city in total has 2.3 lakh absent, missing, shifted or dead voters. In suburbs, the total count of such voters without photo identity card at present is over 13 lakh, after the suburban collector's office collected 1.98 lakh during the special drive.

However, for those who have yet not received the voter id cards but their names figure in the list can still vote by carrying any of the documents such as passport, driving license, service identity cards with photos issued to employees by union/state government public sector undertakings/public limited companies, passbooks with photos issued by bank/post office, PAN card, Aadhar card, smart card issued by RGI under NPR, MNREGA job card, health insurance smart card issue under the scheme of ministry of labour, pension document with photo, authenticated photo voter slip issued by election machinery.

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