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Updated: June 6, 2013 14:51 IST

City has highest number of voters sans photo on rolls

Aloysius Xavier Lopez
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It looks like the residents of the city have to pull up their socks soon, as Chennai has the highest percentage of voters without a photograph on the electoral rolls in the State.

With the June 30 deadline set by the Election Commission to complete work on photo electoral rolls fast approaching, the Chennai District Electoral Registration Office has planned to issue a notice to 62,274 voters who are yet to submit photographs for inclusion on electoral rolls in 16 Assembly constituencies.

These voters constitute over one per cent of the total number of 34.28 lakh voters in 16 constituencies of Chennai District.

Election Commission officials attribute this to various reasons, including the absence of residents during physical verification.

The names of voters who have failed to submit photographs or those who are reluctant to get photographed in the appropriate manner may be deleted, according to the provisions of the Representation of the People Act and the Registration of Electors Rules.

In Chennai, booth-level officers of the Assembly constituencies including Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar, Perambur, Kolathur, Villivakkam, Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar, Egmore and others, will make an effort on Monday to include voters whose photos are not on the electoral rolls as yet.

Passport-size photos submitted by voters after they receive the notice will be scanned by the Electoral Registration Office for inclusion. The Electors' Photo Identity Card (EPIC) operator will also capture digital photographs of voters in localities where there are relatively large numbers of voters without photographs on the rolls. The photos can also be captured from any group photo of the voter.

If voters are reluctant to submit their photographs, deletion of the voter's name is likely to be initiated. Tamil Nadu is one of the states with very high EPIC coverage.

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It is becoming now a days a routine affair ( or revisit ) to go to the govt.administrative offices ( like EB office, taluk office, corporation office, civil supply office, etc..) to get a name correction or to get the correct details of an individual get registered in the govt.records. I do not know how these kind of mistakes can happen even after furnishing all the required details in the prescribed form. But always it happens the concerned authorities will issue a identity card with some kind of correction which needs to be re-visited the office again and again to rectify the mistake. I wonder how the educated people installed at the govt. offices make such mistakes quit often. Is there any mechanism to curb these kind of careless attitude of govt. officials in their intended job. Also is there any forum to complain about these kind of irresponsible and inefficient officers. worst part is that they demand money to rectify their errors. I do not know where we are heading.

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