Names of many voters missing from electoral list
As voters came out in large numbers to exercise their franchise on Thursday, hundreds of them, especially in new Gurgaon, got disappointed after reaching the polling booth after they found their names missing from the electoral roll.punjab Updated: Apr 10, 2014 19:37 IST
As voters came out in large numbers to exercise their franchise on Thursday, hundreds of them, especially in new Gurgaon, got disappointed after reaching the polling booth after they found their names missing from the electoral roll.
Many voters said that they had voter I-cards, but their names did not exist on the list and therefore, they could not vote. “I have been living here since 13 years and have a voter ID card. However, my name is not there in the list,” said Nimisha, a resident of DLF 4.
Meanwhile, Veena Kabra, a resident of Emerald Court on MG Road was struggling at Sriram school polling booth in DLF 1 to know why the names of her son and daughter-in-law were missing, when her name and her husband’s name figured in the electoral rolls. “We submitted the forms together for the voter ID cards. However, they have not received their slips. They had specially come from Bombay to vote in these elections. All this is so upsetting,” she said.
Meenakshi Chugh, a resident of Sector 56 said, “I am residing in the area for last 5 years. I have Aadhar card and applied for voter’s ID card thrice but still my name along with my family members were not there in the list. We kept running from one booth to another to check our names but could not find and finally gone back home. I could not vote”.
Some residents said that they have been voting in Gurgaon since many years, and nothing like this happened before. “I did not check the list earlier because every year, the BLOs handover the 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 are not there in the list. Two votes are lost,” said Michael Martyr, a resident of Apna enclave on railway Road.
Also, there were around 50-60 residents at the polling booth in DLF 1 complaining of their names not being there in the electoral roll. “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 1 RWA.
Meanwhile, district election officer cum deputy commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi said that the election office had issued advertisements requesting voters to get their names checked on the voting list. “The voters could have got their names included had they checked the voters list in time. It is the duty of the voters to get their names included in the list, as sufficient time was given to them,” he said.