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Patience: People waiting in queues for their turn at the Voters’ Facilitation Centre at Townhall in Mysore on Sunday.
Patience: People waiting in queues for their turn at the Voters’ Facilitation Centre at Townhall in Mysore on Sunday.

Staff Correspondent

Tuesday is last day for revision in voters’ list

Biscuits and coffee served to voters waiting in queues at VFCs

Show-cause notices served on two officials at Bannimantap VFC

Mysore: The Voters’ Facilitation Centres (VFCs) will issue Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) to electorates who have submitted the applications till April 15, according to election authorities.

But, as Tuesday is the last day for revision of voters’ list, a large number of electorates visited Bal Bhavan, Bannimantap and Town Hall VFCs on Sunday.

They stood in queues for getting their names included in the voters’ list and for getting the Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPICs). Over a thousand electorates had assembled at Bannimantap and Bal Bhavan VFCs before 8 a.m. on Sunday. Authorities have installed 10 computers each at these VFCs besides equipping these centres with six cameras and two printers to facilitate speedy processing.

In a rare gesture, authorities supplied biscuits and coffee for the waiting voters at the VFCs. Pandals were erected at the centres with adequate seating arrangement. Authorities were seen making every effort to push the number of EPIC holders in Mysore Parliamentary constituency.

The cards are being issued at the nine Corporation Zonal offices and through mobile vans. However, the response to mobile vans and Corporation Zonal offices is not that encouraging compared to that at VFCs, according to authorities.

The process of issuing EPIC is being done from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. without a lunch break. Assistant Electoral Registration Officers (AERO) Devaraj and Bharathi were personally supervising the operations at the counters for Chamaraja and Krishnaraja constituencies, respectively at the Town Hall.

Showcause notice

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner P. Manivannan who is also the District Election Officer has issued notices on two officials of Bannimantap VFC. seeking explanation with regard to confusion at the centre.

Mr. Manivannan said as the arrangements made at the centre were found to be inadequate, two officials in charge of the VFC at Bannimantap were served show-cause notices, he said.

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