Photographs of voters not too clear
INDORE DISTRICT’S first photo electoral roll arrived at the election office here from Bhopal. The only glitch is that the stamp-sized black and white photographs of the voters are not too clear. Most of them are either light or dark, which makes it difficult to identify voters clearly from the roll.
“We will put up this matter with higher authorities in Bhopal,” district election observer Suresh Yadav said when contacted. Each page of newly prepared photo voter list contains nine names of the voters along with their photo and detail about their address, age and sex.
Election Commission has directed Chief Electoral Officer of all states in the country to prepare photo electoral roll by March 2008.
The next Lok Sabha, Vidhan Sabha, civic and panchayat elections will be held on the basis of photo electoral roll.
Indore district, has 16.82 lakh registered voters out of which only 9.45 lakh voters have photo identity cards. Their photo identity cards were prepared between 1995-1997 and in 2003. The photos of voters were scanned from their identity cards and pasted against their name in the photo electoral roll prepared by software firm hired by State government.
The photo cards of remaining voters will be made by another firm to be hired by MP State Electronics Development Corporation, which is the nodal agency for preparing photo identity cards in the State.
Indore district election office will begin door-to-door survey of voters from February 19 with the help of 1,811 checking officers and 200 supervisors. Checking officers will visit homes with photo electoral rolls to ascertain the identity of voters and make corrections with regard to their name, address, age and sex if required.
The door-to-door survey will be completed within 20 days and the photo electoral rolls will be sent back to Bhopal to introduce corrections. The corrected photo electoral roll will be sent back to Indore district election office by May.
According to the district election office, checking officers will not accept applications for addition or deletion of names in the photo voter list during door-to-door survey. Voters seeking any changes in the electoral roll will have to give applications in the assembly constituency-wise election offices set up at collectorate.
The election office for assembly segment one and three is in room number 35 at tehsil office while that of constituency four and five are located in room number 58 near Land Records office. Application of voters from assembly two will be received at Land Records office.