Citizen groups help voters find names, reach polling centres
Dressed in white t-shirts, more than 50 volunteers of the Khar Residents’ Association (KRA) positioned near Khar library made the going easy for locals on Thursday. From helping residents find their names on the list, looking up for it online to driving down senior citizens to the booth, everything was taken care of.mumbai Updated: Feb 17, 2012 01:22 IST
Dressed in white t-shirts, more than 50 volunteers of the Khar Residents’ Association (KRA) positioned near Khar library made the going easy for locals on Thursday. From helping residents find their names on the list, looking up for it online to driving down senior citizens to the booth, everything was taken care of.
Anandini Thakoor, founder of KRA, said: “The idea is to make it easy for people to find their names and go for voting. We had kept eight cars as standby to drop people to the booth.”
Travel agent Nandita Bedi, 50, and her neighbours drove 30 senior citizens from Usha Sadan building to their booth at Jackson House in Colaba. “We pooled in our private vehicles to pick up and drop the senior voters in turns,” said Bedi. “Since Colaba had witnessed one of the lowest turnouts during the previous elections, we decided to do our bit for the city,” said Christopher Thomas, 50, a resident of Usha Sadan. At Bandra reclamation, the residents had erected makeshift counters near Parijaat building to help voters.
Meanwhile, residents seem positive about citizens’ candidates. A case in point could be Bandra Reclamation from where Mumbai 227 candidate Nilima Thakur is contesting. “We need more enthusiastic people to represent us,” said Ananya Kulkarni, a voter from the ward.
Hansel D’souza, who contested the Assembly elections and is supporting citizen candidate from Mumbai Nagrik Manch from Vile Parle — Hina Shroff — said that the enthusiasm about citizen consensus candidates is high. “Since our corporator Adolf D’souza has been a success, there is a sense of trust,” said D’souza. Similar buzz was seen in the Juhu Vile Parle development scheme, where Shirley Singh has been fielded from Mumbai 227. “We are tired of political parties who have been around for so long,” said Neela Jadwani, a voter from the area.