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EC to complete issuance of voter ID cards by end of 2011

india Updated: May 11, 2010 15:39 IST
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Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla on Tuesday said that the process of issuing voter identity cards to 76 crore voters is expected to be completed by December 2011.

Chawla, who inaugurated a photo exhibition to mark the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Election Commission's constitution, said various steps were taken to ensure that the election machinery becomes more voter-friendly.

Around 58 crore of the voter population had been issued voter identity cards, he said.

Admitting the occurrence of frequent complaints of names missing from the voter list, the CEC said that poll officials often faced apathy from voters in urban areas.

Urban voters did not bother to register their names or check their names were on the list, in advance and often came forward with complaints on polling day, Chawla remarked, adding measures were being taken to do away this issue.

On the completion of 60 years of the Commission's functioning, he said "we are really proud that the Election Commission since its 60 years of existence has been conducting smoothly elections of a largest democratic country in the world, whoever may be the CEC."

The Chief Election Commissioner, later, chaired a conference of chief electoral officers from south India.