Pune: After a lot of chaos over names missing from the voters’ list during the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls the election office has started a drive to re-register voters. From Thursday one can enroll one’s name and register in their respective areas. The drive will go on till August.
Over 60 centres have been set up in the city as well as in rural areas where voters can not only enroll their names in the fresh voters’ list but also change their spellings in the event that there is an error in name, address, age or photograph. Apart from routine offices for electoral registration, the district administration has enlisted fifteen zonal offices in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) area and six in Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) area.
District collector Saurabh Rao said, “Prior to coming for enrollment please check the voters’ list of the Lok Sabha 2014 elections and accordingly fill the form. We urge citizens to w their names in the voters’ list and grab this opportunity. To avoid confusion and chaos we have ensured more area-wise help centres. Citizens’ grievances will be addressed and their names will be registered in 30 days time.”
For enrolling oneself as a voter or for incorporation of corrections in the electoral rolls one can submit Form 6 to 8 A to electoral registration officers of the assembly constituency. Forms for addition of names on the electoral list (Form 6), for deletion of names from the electoral list (Form 7), for change of name or address (Form 8) and for transposition of entry in electoral rolls (Form 8 A) will be available from Thursday.
An electoral officer on condition of anonymity said, “Throughout June and July, day-long drives will be conducted on weekends and on June 15, 22 and 29, there will be special drives for voter registration at all centres. A month later citizens can check their names on the list. It is takes approximately one month to scrutinise an application and upload the forms.”
“Waiting for the Election Commission’s permission, the district authorities along with IT department, are planning to put the electoral roll containing all the names of registered voters on the internet. Through this website voters can get information regarding the status of their voter identification cards.” Rao added.
Laxminarayan Joshi, a resident of Dhankawadi, said, “I was struggling for this day to come after I learnt that my name was missing from the list. I have kept all my documents ready and will ensure I enroll this time around.”
Himanshu Rokade (18), a resident of Camp and a first time voter, said, “I was upset as despite filing the form my name did not appear on the list for the Lok Sabha elections. After that I regularly visited the collector’s office inquiring about enrollment. I will sure I enroll sooner.”