Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) in Assembly constituencies cannot refuse forms for adding names to the electoral rolls because the law allows voter registration till the last day for filing of nominations by candidates, said Action for Good Governance and Networking in India (AGNI).
The non-governmental organisation, in a press release issued on Monday, said it had been receiving complaints from citizens that EROs were refusing Form 6 for including their names in the electoral rolls despite assurances from the state election commission that forms were still being accepted.
According to AGNI, since the notification for the elections in Mumbai is yet to be issued, forms can still be accepted.
The NGO has requested the Election Commission to conduct one last voter registration drive at designated polling centres across the city for the benefit of the citizens.
“Once this is done, the citizens will have no chance to complain of their names not being on the rolls on election day,” the press statement read.
State Election Commissioner Debashish Chakravarti has asked the collectors to check if that is possible. “In other times, there is work only related to electoral rolls. But now that the elections have started, the same staffers is doing other important work,” he said. “I have asked the collectors to find out if manpower can be spared for this.”
AGNI also complained that though the state election commission has not insisted on attested copies of documents required for registering as voters, EROs were asking for attested copies.