You don’t have to queue up for hours at the local municipal office to enrol yourself as a voter, if you wish to express your disapproval at the dismal state of the city’s roads during the civic polls to be held in February 2012.
The State Election Commission (SEC) will help you enrol as a voter through a special campaign it is launching across the city. The campaign has been chalked out with the help of an advertising agency and will take off in a month or two.
Under the plan, drop boxes will be installed at public places such as malls, multiplexes and railway stations. Mumbaiites who don’t have their names on the voting list can drop a chit with their name, address and contact number in the box. Civic staffers will visit you at the address mentioned with the enrolment form and get it filled.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will provide the manpower and other logistical support. For those who prefer to fill the form on the spot, you can collect it from an attendant present at the drop box, fill it with the help of the attendant and submit the required documents.
Chand Goyal, additional chief secretary, SEC, said: “We are working on a campaign, but it will take some time for it to crystallise.”
Officials from the BMC’s election department said they would also set up call centres so voters can get their queries regarding the voters’ list answered.
The SEC has also started an SMS facility for voters who want to figure out whether their names are on the list or have been added. A voter can send an SMS on 56677 by typing ‘voter MCGM voter’s name’ for the information.