Staff Reporter

Centres lack information about scheme

Complaints galore about inappropriate arrangements

There was shortage of Form 001 at many centres

Bangalore: The scheme announced to distribute elector photo identity cards (EPIC) hit a roadblock on Monday as many designated centres identified for the purpose had no proper information in this regard.

Even many of the BangaloreOne centres, which were listed as designated centres for issuance and acceptance of Form 001, had no information on the scheme as people had to return without proper response from the personnel managing the centres.

T.B. Niranjan of Banashankari complained that officials of the BBMP posted at Vikas Education Society, 1st Main, 5th Block, Banashankari 3rd Stage, one of the centres for offline and online issuance of EPIC, had no information on receiving or attesting the Form 001. The BangaloreOne centres at BDA Complex at Banashakari 2nd Stage and Ittimadu too had no facility for accepting of the forms, he complained.

The staff of the District Election Office (DEO) had handed over the voters’ list to workers of a political party at Government Higher Primary School, Nynappa Shetty Palya in BTM layout and the centre did not open till 11 a.m. because the authorities could not trace the keys, complained S. Ganesan, a scientist with ISRO and a resident of BTM Layout. In a written complaint to the election authorities, Mr. Ganesan said that some persons were distributing Form 001 on the roadside but there were no officials either to give details on filling applications not was there any one to accept them.


He pointed out in the complaint that the DEO staff were found drinking tea in a nearby hotel.

The complaints about inappropriate arrangements made to receive Form 001 was received from major centres as the people, who went to these centres thinking that they need not wait in queue, had to wait for many hours to get the forms.

Shortage of Form 001 was a common complaint in almost all centres.