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Sec 57 residents clueless about poll booth

punjab Updated: Apr 09, 2014 16:11 IST
Megha Laroia
Megha Laroia
Hindustan Times
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Just one day before Gurgaon goes to the polls, the residents of Sector 57 do not know which polling booths they should go to.

The sector has been divided into three constituencies — Badshahpur, Sohna and Gurgaon — creating a confusion among residents over which assembly constituency they fall in. This ambiguity comes six years after the delimitation of Gurgaon to nine assembly constituency.

Sushant Lok phase-1 and 2 and some HUDA plots fall under Sector 57.

While Sushant Lok phase-3 has been allocated to Badshahpur assembly, Block F and G of Sushant Lok phase-2 fall under the Sohna and Gurgaon assembly constituencies respectively.

Meanwhile, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) plots in the sector fall in Badshahpur and Gurgaon.

To add to the confusion, many of the residents have either not received voter slips or voter ID cards. The voter slips, which are being distributed by booth level officers, mention the constituency a voter and his or her polling station.

“Even after filling applications for election photo identity cards three months back, we are yet to receive them as well as the voter slips. Obviously, the residents will get confused because we don’t know polling booth number or the name of the constituency we belong to,” said Ashish Goel, a resident of F Block, Sushant Lok phase-2.

The residents also fret that the nearest polling booth is 3 km away.

“There is no booth in Sector 57. The nearest one is in Sector 55 which is 3 km away. Voters of Sushant Lok-3 (Badshahpur constituency) have to travel to Tigda village to exercise their franchise. We have schools here where booths can be set up and we had also written letter to District Commissioner regarding the same,” said Joginder Singh, president, Sushant Lok-2 and its Resident Welfare Association (RWA).

However, the assistant returning officer of Badshahpur, Pushpinder Chauhan, said that there should be no confusion regarding the constituencies as all the details are written on the voter slip. He say they have helpline numbers if the voters want to know anything.

“We have not got any written complaint regarding the polling booths. There is a deadline in which the residents have to give the complaints,” he said.

Interestingly, two of the three sitting MLAs of the sector are Congress candidates - Dharambir from Sohna and Rao Dharampal from Badshahpur. Also, the third MLA from Gurgaon constituency, Sukhbeer Kataria, is an independent candidate but supports Congress.