Errors in I-cards irk voters
Hindustan Times visited several areas in Timarpur constituency — where the much-touted pilot project for new cards was started — and found that several people had complaints, reports Nivedita Khandekar.delhi Updated: Nov 06, 2008 23:40 IST
Naresh Kumar and his wife Tara Rani from DVB Colony in Timarpur said “somebody” cancelled their name from the voters’ list.
“We both have old cards. We had given fresh applications for inclusion of our names in the list but the names are still missing. Possibly because of that, no new cards too,” Kumar said.
They are not alone. Hindustan Times visited several areas in Timarpur constituency — where the much-touted pilot project for new cards was started — and found that several people had complaints.
Sources said the office of the Chief Election Officer too has been receiving such complaints since it started distributing photo I-cards for newly enlisted voters.
A short distance away in Sanjay Basti area, Paramjeet Singh and his wife had been anxiously waiting for the new voter’s photo identity card. But when the Election Commission staff came to distribute cards, he was told his name does not appear in this list for ‘part X’.
“My neighbour’s name is there but they are saying my name will appear in the list for ‘part Y’. In another household, the wife’s name is in one list, while the husband’s appears in another list,” Singh said.
Beside, many people are complaining about spelling mistakes, wrong address, wrong photo, female/male status changed, etc., in the identity cards.
However, a major violation was on part of the Booth Level Officer (BLO) who is supposed to go home-to-home distributing cards. Here in Timarpur, HT found the BLO had deployed his son and another youth for the job.
Admitting that she had no knowledge about the BLO outsourcing his job, Delhi’s Chief Election Officer Satbir Silas Bedi said such things are not allowed. “We will find out details and take required action,” Bedi said.
The officer also admitted to mistakes in voter cards. She said, “There have been mistakes on our part. But voters are equally to be blamed. A few people came complaining to us, we pulled out the forms filled by them. Those forms revealed the very mistakes they were complaining about.”
However, Bedi said all such mistakes would be rectified after the elections.