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3 weeks to go, voters’ list full of errors

india Updated: Apr 23, 2011 01:12 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi
Vimal Chander Joshi
Hindustan Times
Vimal Chander Joshi

Vidhi Tyagi leads a happy married life with her husband in Vatika City of the Millennium City. But if we go by the voters list of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG), her husband doesn't live with her. He stays at Park View 2, which is some 500 metre away from Tyagi's place.

This is a stark example of aberrations in the MCG's voters' list, which will hold its first election in three weeks from now. Like Tyagi, there are hundreds of voters who don't have correct identity cards. Many have identity cards with wrong address, while the date of birth is wrongly printed in some identity cards.

Many voters in sectors 49, 56, South City 2 and Vatika City are struggling to get their names, address or other credentials corrected.

“We have been staying in Gurgaon for the last three years, but have no correct ID proof. I do have an identity card, but the date of birth is wrong. I filled form number 8 to get the correction done, but nothing has been done so far,” said Tyagi.

Another voter Raj Kumar Vats, a 65-year-old retired headmaster, is miffed because his address is wrongly written as village Badshahpur in his voter I-card. His house falls in ward number 26, while it is the identity card mentions it as ward number 25.

“There are around 300 people in our area, who have been wrongly put in ward 25,” said Vats.

If you ask RP Sadana, a retired UP government officer, about his voter’s identity card, he would smirk before he says, “Approaching the MCG for any correction is like hitting your head on the wall. We had sent the details correctly, how come they invented mistakes on their own.”

Some residents are so fed up that they have stopped following up with the administration or municipal corporation for any further changes. “Most urban residents work in the private sector and they can't afford to take leave from office every now and then for the same reason. They don't expect to have a correct identity card,” said Mukul Kaushil, a candidate from ward number 26.

She added, “What’s the use of holding elections, when hundreds of residents couldn’t get their identity cards made.”