Poll time: Citizens' groups will help you make your way to voters' list

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 - 9:13am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

With both Lok Sabha and Assembly polls lined up later this year, citizens’ groups are gearing up to help electors find their names in voters’ list. Not only this, some residents’ associations have organised  meetings to spread awareness about how to enrol or correct names in the list to ensure that they can cast  their votes without any hitch. Such meetings are being planned considering the problems many voters  faced during the 2012 civic polls.  

Three groups, Khar Residents’ Association, Perry Road Residents’ Association and Wake Up Bandra (an NGO),  have scheduled meetings on January 26 for residents of their areas.    

“We will make an audio visual presentation during the meeting asserting why it is important to vote. We will  also explain to them which forms are to be filled for enrolling, correcting or deleting names,” said Anil Joseph,  chairman of Perry Road Residents’ Association.  

Joseph added that in case residents find it inconvenient to submit filled forms to the election commission (EC),  office bearers of the associations are willing to do the work on their behalf. 

Nikhil Desai, a civic activist from King’s Circle, said a similar meeting has been organised for residents  staying along Manikrao Lotlikar Marg in Matunga in February. “Our aim is to help both existing and new voters.

If we can delete names of voters who are no more and correct names of the existing ones and add new electors,  then we will be able to increase their turnout. Our exercise should help us achieve that,” said Desai. 

Desai added that organising meetings now will mean getting sufficient time to train voters ahead of the Lok  Sabha polls.   

Rajkumar Sharma, chief of Almanac, a citizens’ group in Chembur, shared a similar view. He said Almanac’s focus  is on ensuring more people showing up at the polling stations. “We convey the messages through meetings/mails  or door-to-door visits. Soon, meetings in this regard will be planned,” Sharma added.

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