Hundreds of voters in the New Gurgaon area were disappointed after they could not find their names on the voter list.
Many of them said even though they had voter ID cards, their names did not exist on the list and therefore, they were not allowed to vote. “I have been living here since 13 years and have a voter ID card. But my name is not there in the list,” said Nimisha, a resident of DLF City Phase-4.
Veena Kabra, a resident of Emerald Court located on the MG Road, was struggling at a polling booth in DLF Phase-1 to know why the names of her son and daughter-in-law were missing from the electoral rolls.
“We submitted the forms together to apply for voter ID cards. But, they (my son and daughter-in-law) have not received their slips. They had specially come from Bombay to vote. All this is so upsetting,” she said.
Some residents complained that booth level officers did not deliver voter slips in advance. “I did not check the list earlier because every year, BLOs used to hand over slips to us. This time, we did not receive the slips. We went to the polling booth in the morning and saw that our names were missing,” said Michael Martyr, a resident of Apna enclave on the Railway Road.
Meenakshi Chugh, a resident of Sector 56 said that though she had applied for a voter ID card thrice in the past five year, her name has not been included in the list. “We kept running from one booth to another to check our names but could not find. I could not vote.”
Also, around 50-60 residents at a polling booth in DLF Phase-1 complained that their names were not included in the electoral rolls. “The government should keep a complaint register at every polling booth. Everyone will forget everything after this day. Names of nearly 50 per cent residents from our area are missing,” said TK Satheesan, assistant general secretary of DLF Phase-1 RWA.
The district election officer-cum-DC Shekhar Vidyarthi, said that the election office had issued advertisements, requesting voters to get their names checked on the voting list.