Even six months after filing applications for the election photo identity cards, thousands of voters are yet to receive them.
"My daughter-in-law had enrolled in the voters' list and sought a election photo identity card from the Versova election returning office in October. However, she has not received the card yet. When I inquired about it, I was told by the officials in the returning office that as many as 14,000 photo identity cards had been given for lamination and they are yet to receive the photo identity cards. I have no clue what the department is up to, they should not be taking so much time for distributing the card to the voters," said Mansoor Darvesh, a resident of Jogeshwari (West).
Similar is the case with Monoo Shrivastava, who is a resident of Bhandup.
"I had applied at the Bhandup office in June. I am yet to receive the card, but when I inquired, I was told that the card will be sent to my home. I don't know what is happening," said Shrivastava.
"These voters are supposed to get the photo identity cards, but the work of distribution of the cards is carried out at the level of the District Collectorate. It is their responsibility. There could be problems with the private agency entrusted with the job of making and distributing the cards. However, even if there is a problem of distribution, the voters need not worry as voters will be allowed to vote after producing other photo identity cards," said an official of the state electoral department.
Mumbai Suburban Collector Shekhar Channe was not available for comment.
Meanwhile, officials of the state electoral department claimed that the photo identity cards may also be distributed along with voter slips, which will be distributed by the state.
In a first, state to distribute voter slips
For the first time, the state electoral department will distribute slips to individual voters. The slips were earlier distributed by the agents of the political parties. The slip contained details like names of voters and name of the polling station. "We are distributing it to make it easier for the voters and also to ensure that voters don't have to go around searching for his polling station," said an official of the state electoral department. More importantly, a government official will be present outside the polling booth to distribute the slip. However, agents of political parties also can distribute their slips.