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Last day to enrol as voter in city, get ID

Sidhartha Roy, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 12, 2014
First Published: 01:32 IST(12/3/2014) | Last Updated: 01:34 IST(12/3/2014)

If you want to vote in the coming Lok Sabha elections and your name is not on the electoral list, today (Wednesday) is the last chance to get yourself enrolled.

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Tuesday, the penultimate day for voter registration, saw a massive rush at the different registration centres across Delhi.

A huge rush is also expected on Wednesday, the last day of registration.

“Today and tomorrow being the last days, there is rush,” said Vijay Dev, Delhi’s chief electoral officer.

“The rush today was huge and at some places additional security had to be deployed to maintain law and order,” said a senior electoral official.

The Delhi Electoral Office is now grappling with lakhs of applications that have been received in the last few days from voters who want to enrol themselves. “Apart from the thousands of applications we receive every day, a huge volume was received on the two special camps we held in the last week,” he said

The special camp organised at all the 11,763 polling stations by the electoral office on Sunday saw an unprecedented response with 1.64 lakh applications pouring in. “With all these applications, we would now have to verify them, process the applications and then issue voter identity cards. We would have to finish all this work by March 22 but we are working overtime so that the work could be finished even earlier,” he said.

Nomination of candidates from the seven parliamentary seats is going to begin from March 15 and the electoral officials plan to process as many applications from voters as possible by that time.

Keeping the last day rush in mind, electoral officials feel that voters can enrol online to beat the rush. “At present, we get about 15-20% applications online and at the peak, their number might reach 30% but most applications are submitted at centres,” the official said.

The total number of voters in Delhi till January, 2014 was 1.2 crore, with 1.28 lakh voters added to the rolls since Delhi assembly elections in December 2013. The total number of first-time voters in the age group of 18-19 years is more than 2.26 lakh or about 2 per cent of the total electorate.


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