Staff Reporter

Bangalore: It has come to the notice of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) that more than 70 per cent of the city’s voters have no Election Photo Identity Cards (EPICs).

This aspect came to light after the BBMP revised the voters’ list in the 12 Assembly constituencies falling in its jurisdiction.

Of the 23.63 lakh valid voters of Silicon city, only 28 per cent have EPICs, said BBMP Special Commissioner (Administration) B.S. Ramprasad on Monday.

Releasing the results of the summary revision of voters’ list carried out in the city, he said that EPICs were issued to more than 80 per cent of the voters, but because of change of address and migration of voters from one city to another, the number of voters having EPICs have come down drastically.

Mr. Ramprasad, however, said around 28 per cent of the electorate could possess EPICs as the majority of the voters could not produce them when BBMP personnel visited their houses for verification.

They had informed BBMP staff that they had secured the cards but were unable to locate them in their homes. “Individuals who failed to produce the cards for verification were considered as those not having them,” he said.

Special drive

The BBMP will issue EPICs to the voters during a special drive to be launched soon, depending upon the poll dates to be finalised by the Election Commission, said Mr. Ramprasad, while urging people to obtain EPICs during the drive.

Meanwhile, the BBMP has deleted 4.9 lakh names from the voters’ list and has added 2.2 lakh names after the draft list was issued in February.

BBMP came to have 21 Assembly constituencies following delimitation as against the earlier 12 constituencies.

The process of delimitation of ward-wise areas for 21 new constituencies is also complete, he said.

Details of delimitation would be announced after directions from the Election Commission.

Mr. Ramprasad said people can register their names in the voters’ list up till seven days before the date of filling of nomination papers for elections.