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Thursday, Nov 14, 2019

Pune Cantonment assembly constituency sees lowest turnout

By 1 pm, the constituency had recorded 17.99 per cent voting from over 270 polling centres. The figure was one of the lowest recorded at 1 pm on Monday among the 21 constituencies in Pune region

pune Updated: Oct 22, 2019 16:21 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
A polling officer applies ink to a voters finger after he casts his vote at a polling booth in Pune Cantonment assembly constituency.  The constituency witnessed a lukewarm voter turnout in the first half of the day.
A polling officer applies ink to a voters finger after he casts his vote at a polling booth in Pune Cantonment assembly constituency. The constituency witnessed a lukewarm voter turnout in the first half of the day.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
         

The Pune Cantonment assembly constituency witnessed a lukewarm voter turnout in the first half of the day. By 1 pm, the constituency had recorded 17.99 per cent voting from over 270 polling centres. The figure was one of the lowest recorded at 1 pm on Monday among the 21 constituencies in Pune region.

There were incidents of missing names from voter list from societies on Synagouge Street. Naresh Tulsidas Nanwani, 44, and Sarika Naresh Nanwani, 39, residents of Lal Deval Society found their names missing from the voter’s list even though they had cast their vote in 2014.

Similarly, Vasant Keshav Kedari, 80, a resident of Gangotri Complex, said, “ Last time (2014) I had gone to Dastur school. Today (Monday) I went there and found my name missing. My wife’s name, Jayashree Kedari, 68, was also missing. We were not here during the Lok Sabha elections so we were not able to vote then.”

Multiple residents of Modi Colony found their names missing from the voter list. A woman in her 30s, who did not wish to be named, said that all her family members found their names besides her and her sister. Similar was the case with Osama Parvez Shaikh, Uzma Shaikh, Afreen Shaikh, of Lal Deval Society.

Until 2pm-3pm, the voters had not entered the polling stations. However, voting stations saw a spurt in number in the afternoon hours. 

For voter from Tadiwala road, jobs for youngsters was the need of the hour. Isha Madhukar Zende, 50, wanted a job for her 25-year-old sister, Manisha dnyaneshwar Pawar, who is visually challenged. “We do not how to go about looking for employment for her. She has studied till Class 12. But we could not have her study further as her mobility is a major issue. She lives with our mother who is 65 and our father died few years ago,” said Zende.

“In 2014, the current government seemed like a better option than the previous one to a first-time voter like me. But now, all I want is for them to fulfil their promise of providing jobs for the youth,” said Vijay Sakat, 25, a resident of Tadiwala road area and a last year bachelor in commerce student.

Till 5pm, Cantonment recorded 38.14 percent voter turnout which is only 2.06 percent more than the lowest recorded voter turnout which was from Kasba constituency - 36.08 percent.

Rains turn nodal office muddy

-The untimely rains that lashed the city over the weekend turned the ground next to the police commissioner’s office into a pit of muddy slush. 

-The ground served as the nodal office for the Cantonment assembly of Pune. 

-The polling officials had to call the public works department (PWD) for help on Monday morning. 

-The PWD officials brought crush sand to cover the slush. “In the evening, there will be around 100 vehicles using the ground. 

-So, we sought a solution from PWD. The covered structure is fine, but the open area is still a problem,” said Neeta Shinde, returning officer, Pune Cantonment.

Learning from Lok Sabha experience

Some of the Cantonment area residents who turned up at polling stations found their names missing from the voter list during the Lok Sabha elections held in May 2019. 

The Cantonment officials received 3,700 voter registrations since June. 

Meetings were held with block level officers (BLO) in groups of 10 to avoid missing of voters from the list. 

“I had the staff personally follow-up with every individual who faced the problem during the recent Lok Sabha elections. We called them multiple times during the voter registration process and ensured they were enlisted,” said Neeta Shinde, returning officer, Pune Cantonment.