UP Polls: Noida urban residents stay away from booths located in villages
Urban voters faced inconveniences in reaching polling booths on Saturday as many booths in Noida were located in nearby villages. Voters complained that roads leading to several of these booths were narrow and difficult to access. Voters said the polling percentage would have been higher if the booths had been in urban areas.noida Updated: Mar 10, 2017 11:53 IST
Urban voters faced inconveniences in reaching polling booths on Saturday as many booths in Noida were located in nearby villages. Voters complained that roads leading to several of these booths were narrow and difficult to access. Voters said the polling percentage would have been higher if the booths had been in urban areas.
“Our booth for six apartment complexes in sectors 119 and 120 is located in Parthla Khanjarpur village. Women voters did not want to go to that booth because of safety and other issues. The administration or election commission should shift our booth to an urban area for better turnout in future polls and also for our convenience,” Atul Thakur of Prateek Laurel apartment complex in Sector 120 said.
Voters in Sector 37 were annoyed that their booth was shifted from Army Public School in Sector 37 to village Chhalera. Many retired army officers living in sectors 28 and 29 also had to cast their votes in Chhalera village.
“Village Chhalera is located far from sectors 28, 29, 30 and 37. A retired army officer or any elderly cannot easily go to cast their vote in the village. It (the booth) should be changed in future as many could not vote today (Saturday),” MS Saxena, a retired army officer, said.
Similarly, residents of sectors 72 and 73 were to cast their vote at a polling booth in Sarfabad village but only a few urban voters went there. For voters from sectors 50 and 51, an urban area, the polling booth was in Morna village. For Sector 76 residents, a hub of newly built apartment complexes, the booth was in Sorkha village.
One booth of Noida’s Bahlolpur village was located in Greater Noida’s Bisrakh village on the other side of Hindon.
“We changed the booth of Bahlolpur from Greater Noida to Noida for the convenience of voters. But, we cannot change a booth once election is announced. If voters in any particular area want to change a booth, they should fill form 8A. Before announcement of election, the election commission changes a booth,” Amit Kumar sub-divisional magistrate cum returning officer for Noida said.
“Before changing a booth, the commission takes a meeting with all parties. Since it’s a long procedure, voters should complete the procedure well ahead of polling,” Kumar said.
The election commission also received dozens of complaints from people who did not find their names in electoral rolls.
“I had voted in 2014 parliament elections. But now, my name is missing from the list,” Sudha Verma of Sector 30 said.
“We had given many opportunities to public for checking their names in the electoral list but many did not spare time then. Now, we cannot do anything on the issue of deletion of names. A name is deleted by following a procedure, including a notice to the respective voter,” Vinay Pandey, assistance returning officer of Noida, said.