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Youngsters in suburbs show them the finger

Youngsters in the suburbs are rushing to sign up as voters. Over 2.3 lakh people have registered over the last four months in the Mumbai Suburban district, which stretches from Bandra in the south through Chembur and Kurla in the east, all the way up to Dahisar in the north, reports Sayli Udas-Mankikar.

india Updated: Sep 02, 2009 00:59 IST
Sayli Udas-Mankikar

Youngsters in the suburbs are rushing to sign up as voters. Over 2.3 lakh people have registered over the last four months in the Mumbai Suburban district, which stretches from Bandra in the south through Chembur and Kurla in the east, all the way up to Dahisar in the north.

About 40 per cent of the new voters — nearly 1 lakh people — have been college-going students under the age of 21.

“During the Assembly election, we had 69.48 lakh voters registered here. Now we have 71.55 lakh voters,” said District Collector Vishwas Patil. “The increase is because of special drives taken up by our office, NGOs and colleges.”

Only 54 per cent of these voters, however, have Electors’ Photo Identity Cards (EPICs), a figure the Collector hopes to raise to about 59 per cent — the statewide percentage of voters with EPIC is much higher, at 80.35 per cent.

“Over the next four days, we will set up an online system so people can register for these photo ID cards,” Patil said.

Don’t have an EPIC yet? Don’t panic. You can use your employee card, ration card or driver’s license to prove your identity at the booth.

“Ration cards will be accepted, but we’ll have rationing inspectors in every district to verify them in case of doubt,” Patil said, referring to the fact that these documents are easily forged and often used to get unregistered voters into booths.