The last four days offered to get names enrolled in the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) voters’ list saw a reasonably good response. The Hindustan Times had also recently reported about aberrations in the list .
Around 1,500 people turned up in the four days, an electoral official said. The number might seem huge, but when compared with the total number o f missing voters (about 1,10,000) from a population of 16 lakh in Gurgaon, the response seems lukewarm.
In ward number 26, there were more than 1,700 missing voters for which residents had even contemplated moving the Punjab and Haryana high court. However, they finally didn’t pursue the case.
Most applicants came to the office for fresh applications, such as AK Yadav, a resident of South City II. “I would have never thought of getting my name enrolled had this opportunity not been given,” said Yadav. Out of the applicants, there were quite a few whose names were removed from the voters list after the last assembly elections in 2009.
“My name was there in the voters’ list earlier but after the survey, which the administration conducted two years ago, it got omitted,” said Deepak Verma, a 25-year-old resident of Arjun Nagar in ward no 12.
Many probable election candidates made the job of residents easier by being Good Samaritans. They used this as an opportunity to earn some brownie points.
“I had more than a dozen forms for the people in my locality. Most had missed the bus because they were travelling when the forms were being filled for the electorate. But after newspaper reports recently, we discovered that the application window is still open,” said Deepak Sharma, a candidate from ward number 32.
Some people were, however, miffed because the four days didn’t include Sunday. “I got several calls from people in my locality, who went to the mini secretariat to register their names but found the office closed. As it was open for just four days, they should have made arrangements on Sunday also,” said Nisha Singh, a candidate from ward number 30.