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You might be able to vote in your bldg

In the coming civic elections, your might be able to cast your vote at a polling booth set up in your very own building.

mumbai Updated: Aug 26, 2011 00:53 IST
Bhavika Jain
Bhavika Jain
Hindustan Times

In the coming civic elections, your might be able to cast your vote at a polling booth set up in your very own building.

In the last civic elections, which were held in 2007, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) provided one polling booth per 1,500 voters. But, in a bid to ensure more participation in the February 2012 civic elections, the State Election Commission (SEC) revised its guidelines, and now, one polling booth is needed per 1,000 voters.

Moreover, the electorate has grown from 66.17 lakh in 1992 to 83.88 lakh in 2007. This figure has touched one crore now and is expected to increase in the upcoming enrollment drive.

In order to make provisions for the growing electorate and to facilitate smooth voting in the upcoming elections, the BMC - which is having trouble finding spots where election booths can be set up - has recommended setting them up in residential buildings to the SEC.

Now, the BMC will need at least 11,000 booths for the 2012 elections, as compared to 6,792 booths used in the 2007 elections.

Civic officials said the BMC has appointed staff in each ward to scout for places to set up polling booths.

"We have asked our staff to identify locations in their wards, a list of which will be send to SEC for approval," said additional municipal commissioner Aseem Gupta.

But staff members rue that many locations that were used in the 2007 elections can no longer be used as they have been encroached or built upon.

Another SEC mandate is that the booths must be set up only on the ground floor to be easily accessible to voters.

"The BMC has asked SEC permission to have booths on the first floor; but SEC denied us permission. So we have no option but to find sites in residential complexes and societies," said an official.

Officials also said they plan to set up polling booths in parking stilts, gymkhanas and community centres of housing complexes.

First Published: Aug 26, 2011 00:52 IST

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