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Thane district voters face ultimatum to submit photo by June 20

The election commission has claimed that the figure is the highest among all districts in Maharashtra

mumbai Updated: May 17, 2018 01:11 IST
Megha Pol
Megha Pol
Hindustan Times
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The district authorities will begin the deletion process after June 20. (Representational photo)

Thane district has more than nine lakh voters whose photographs have not been submitted to the election commission. The election commission has claimed that the figure is the highest among all districts in Maharashtra.

It said the reason was the floating or migratory population in Thane. The commission has asked residents to submit their photograph before June 20 or the names would be deleted from the voters’ list.

The commission has also appealed to those who will turn 18 years by January 2019 to get themselves registered as voters. On the directives of the election commission of India, the district election commission has undertaken the programme of revision in the voters’ list from May 15. The booth-level officers will go to every home in the district to verify the voters list.

Farogh Mukadam, deputy collector and district election officer, said, “The verification will be carried out in four parameters. The booth-level officers will update the data of all voters in the family, check if there is a new registration, transfer or death. The verification will go on till June 20. Thane district has the highest number of voters, 9.27 lakhs, without photographs.”

The number is much higher than Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. “Pune has around 4 lakh such voters while Mumbai and Nagpur have around 2.5 lakh. Thane has the highest as we have not begun the process to delete names. The floating or migrating population in the district is also huge because of powerlooms and mill workers,” Mukadam said.

He said the district authorities will begin the deletion process and voters have to submit their photograph before June 20.

“We have collected photographs of around 28,000 people — 77,000 are transferred, around 5,000 are duplicate registrations while more than 9,000 voters are dead. We have reports on all these 92000 voters and we will soon give notices in newspapers and ward offices for objections. The voters will soon be deleted taking the count to around 8 lakh voters. These voters will be reduced after we finish verification,” Mukadam said.

The highest number of voters without photo is in Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation and Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation’s jurisdiction.

Voters whose photographs are missing will have to fill up Form number 8 and submit their photograph to avoid their name being deleted from the voter’s list.

Young voters

As per the census of 2011, the projected population of youngsters who will turn 18 years or more by January 2019 is 3.5 lakh.

The Thane election commission has said that around 2 lakh new voters might register in the voter’s registration drive to be carried out in September and October.

Third gender

The highest number of voters’ registration for third gender is from Thane district, claimed Mukadam.

“The third gender has taken good initiative to get themselves registered. There are 330 voters from the third gender category in Thane district, which is the highest in Maharashtra. The highest registration is from Kalyan east which has 78 voters followed by Bhiwandi (West), with around 70 voters. Kalyan Rural, Airoli and Bhiwandi (East) also have many third gender voters,” Mukadam said.

Helpdesk

There are 5,681 polling centres across Thane district. A fresh survey of the centres will be undertaken as most of them in Kalyan and Thane were demolished during the road-widening project.

A ward-wise helpdesk will be set up in all the cities in the district to help voters submit their forms.

First Published: May 17, 2018 01:10 IST