Wagholi residents allege 4,000 new voters still unregistered
The association claims that while most of the new applicants have filled the necessary forms and submitted all authentic and bona fide documents to the election office, their names have still not been included on the voters’ lists.pune Updated: Jun 06, 2018 16:23 IST
The Wagholi housing society association has filed a complaint with the Pune district election officer stating that as many as 4,000 urban residential voters of different societies are being denied voting rights due to the non-inclusion of their names on the voters’ lists.
The association claims that while most of the new applicants have filled the necessary forms and submitted all authentic and bona fide documents to the election office, their names have still not been included on the voters’ lists.
“This is discouraging the people of Wagholi and making them lose interest in democracy,” the written complaint, a copy of which is with HT, stated.
Following the complaint, the election office has invited the association’s office bearers for a meeting on May 30 at the assistant election registration office, during which it was agreed that the office will conduct a voter ID drive directly, without any middlemen, on June 9, 2018, in Wagholi. This will be done in co-ordination with the residents’ association.
“The officers agreed to verify and approve online applications on the spot provided all documents are valid and the person is physically present,” Sanjeev Kumar Patil , director, residents’ association, said.
“ This is one of the biggest wins of Wagholi residents and we really hope that with this, all society members who have been waiting to get enrolled for so many years will finally get there rights. Urban voters from residential societies are being denied their voting rights. We have complained to the concerned officials and action is being taken,” he said.
Sandesh Lokhande, resident of Prestine Classique Society, said, “It looks like a game being played to deprive genuine urban voters of their legitimate right to exercise their vote. I hope the election commission takes a note of this,” he said.
Harcharanjeet Butalia, resident of Green Grooves, added, “It's easier to get a passport than to get your name included in the voters’ list in Wagholi. It took five years to get 3,500 voters added.”
The association in its complaint letter also claimed that application forms were dumped in nallahs and garbage yard. “Out of 3,400 names on the list, around 100 are fake,” it stated.
Prashant Pisal, Haveli tehsildar, said, “All the online application will be verified and on the spot approval will be given. The names of newly added voters will be included in the new voters’ list which will be published soon.”