Citizens keen on voting in the upcoming 2012 civic polls have two more days to enroll themselves.
The chief electoral office had launched a special revision drive for voters from October 1 to November 1 wherein each voter can register at their nearest polling station.
Initially, citizen groups had demanded an extension on the enrolment deadline. “We asked the electoral office for an extension because October had many holidays because of the various festivals.
Therefore, people found it difficult to enroll. However, the office refused to do so saying the drive is a national-level annual program,” said Shyama Kulkarni Trustee, AGNI.
Citizen groups have several complaints against the drive. They allege the drive was not publicised properly.
They also complained about the fewer registration centres, and said the staff at the existing centres were not available during working hours.
“Most of the centres did not have an electoral list, so how will voters know whether their names exist in the list,” Rajkumar Sharma, citizen activist from Chembur said.
Debasish Chakarboraty, state chief electoral officer said, “This is one phase of the electoral registration.
Those who have registered their names in this phase will be included in the electoral list to be published on January 5, 2012 and they will be able to vote.