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55,000 new voters in island city

india Updated: Sep 03, 2009 01:01 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar

The island city logged 55,000 new voters over the last two months. This brings the total number to 26.94 lakh for the 10 Assembly constituencies stretching from the southernmost tip of Malabar Hill to Worli in the north and Sion in the east.

There has also been a 15 per cent rise in the number of voters with Election Photo Identity Cards (EPICs).

Ahead of the April general election, only 45 per cent of voters here had these ID cards. Now, that figure is up to 60 per cent.

“These developments are the result of voter-friendly initiatives we took up over the last few months,” said District Collector IA Kundan.

“We have gone online, started a helpline and even launched mobile vans through which we issue instant photo identity cards.”

These initiatives will continue till September 25, the last day for voters to register.

So far, 20,000 such ID cards have been issued through the mobile vans and 5,000 via the online system. In fact, the schemes have been so successful that the Mumbai City Collectorate has been appointed the nodal agency for the issuing of ID cards in the Mumbai suburban district and Thane district.

“These databases are ready,” said Kundan. “We hope to begin work in these regions on Thursday.”