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Delhi: No names on rolls, many not allowed to vote

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 11, 2014
First Published: 00:41 IST(11/4/2014) | Last Updated: 01:22 IST(11/4/2014)

Voting in Delhi did not go without its usual share of glitches. As is the norm, several names were found missing from the voters’ list on Thursday.

And one of them was the wife of St Stephen’s College principal Valson Thampu. “My wife was not allowed to vote as her name did not figure in the list. She had voted in December,” said Thampu, who votes in the North Campus area. 

In Savitri Nagar, Priyanka Shukla, an HR professional, too returned disappointed. Repeated calls to the EC helpline were of no help, she said.

Ashok Kumar, a senior official with the BSES, too faced the same problem at that polling station. “I had voted in December. But now my name and my wife’s name are missing but my daughter’s name was in the list,” Kumar said.

Raj Malik, secretary of the local Residents Welfare Association (RWA), said: “This time, almost 20% names were missing from the rolls in Savitri Nagar.”

There were other grouses too.

While almost all major polling booths were disabled-friendly and had wheelchairs, at several centres these were lying as mere showpieces.

Polling booths at Sultanpuri, Mangolpuri and parts of Badli in North West Delhi had wheelchairs, but there were hardly any trained staff to assist senior citizens and differently abled voters to the booths.

Due to this, Manohar Devi’s son had to carry her to the polling booth in Sultanpuri.

At some booths, several differently abled voters alleged they were not provided any assistance.

Visually-impaired Santosh Devi, 60, had to go all alone to cast her vote in Sultanpuri. “They did not even allow me to take my son along,” she said.

But at large polling booths, these facilities came as a relief to many. Prabha Singh, 38, who came on crutches, was offered a wheelchair as soon as she entered the polling booth at Fatehpuri Beri in Chhatarpur.

There were also reports of people coming directly from the hospital to vote.


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