Special camps held in 2,462 polling booths
Around 30,000 people in the district made use of the opportunity the Election Commission of India gave them to enrol in the voters’ list.
According to sources, the district administration had set up the camps in 2,462 polling booths in 908 centres to enable people who had not enrolled in voters’ list to register their names by submitting ‘Form 6’.
People who had submitted applications on earlier occasions also made use of the opportunity to check if their names had been included.
Sources in the district administration said that the officials who had received the forms would scrutinise them for errors, factual errors or duplication and then forward the same to the Revenue Divisional Officer, Coimbatore, and Sub Collector, Pollachi, for approval.
Once the process was completed, the administration would include the names in the selected applications and also initiate steps to disburse electoral photo identity card. But that would be done only after taking the Election Commission of India’s permission. During the day-long drive, 230 zonal officers, each of whom was in charge of 10 – 20 polling booths, went around the polling booths to see if the process went on without problems.
A few voters, whose names or addresses were erroneously entered in the voters’ list, had also submitted forms for including them afresh. Such applications would be thoroughly vetted, officials said.
Those who made use of the opportunity said that they did not want to wait for a few more years to exercise their franchise. R. Sahanaa, a third year engineering student of the Kumaraguru College of Technology, said that she had submitted her application form to enrol in the voters’ list as she was keen on voting.
Meanwhile, the district administration said the officials in charge of election had acted on 541 complaints involving graffiti, banners, posters and other advertisements.