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Not on list, many couldn’t vote

Girdhari Lal Kaul, a 70-year-old resident of South City-I, has a valid voter I-card. But when he reached the Sector 40 polling booth to exercise his franchise, all his hopes were dashed. Vimal Chander Joshi reports.

india Updated: May 16, 2011 02:15 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Girdhari Lal Kaul, a 70-year-old resident of South City-I, has a valid voter I-card. But when he reached the Sector 40 polling booth to exercise his franchise, all his hopes were dashed.

Reason: His name was missing from the voters’ list.

“I came here to cast my vote, but the officials didn't allow me,” said Girdhari Lal.

“Neither mine, nor my wife’s name (Shyama Kaul) appear on the list, though both of us carry the cards which the election commission had issued some time ago. It shows laxity on the part of the corporation in preparing the list,” he said.

Sushant Dabas, 18, came to cast vote for the first time carrying a valid identity card which was made on January 7 this year, but his name wasn’t on the voters’ list.

“All my family members got slips provided by several candidates. But I missed the chance to vote,” said Dabas, a student of BBA at a college in Delhi.

One volunteer at a polling booth in ward number. 29 said around 3pm, “We have got more than two dozen requests since morning from people carrying voter I-cards, but their names were missing from the voters’ list.”

Candidates expressed their unhappiness over the alleged irregularities.

“Some voters had their names enrolled but didn’t have their voter I-cards, whereas some others had the cards but their names were missing from the list,” said Rajbala Sharma, a candidate from ward number 29.

Vakul Kaushik, another candidate, said, “What is the benefit of holding these elections when thousands of voters are not allowed to vote? If I lose, this would be the only reason.”

There were many voters who didn’t have their voter I-cards but managed to cast votes by showing a valid photo identification proof.

Major (retired) AK Chauhan, a resident of Malibu Towne, reached the polling booth with his passport. Similarly, Sahima Puri, 23, and her sister Sugandha, 18, cast their votes by showing their driving licences.