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Process of photographing of electorate is on in the district

SHIMOGA: Nearly 30 per cent of voters in Shimoga district, comprising seven taluks, are yet to get Electors Photo Identity Cards (EPICs)

Of the total of 12,29,539 voters in the district only 8,63,266 voters are having the EPICs as on March 18. The process of photographing of voters for issuing EPICs was started in the district on February 17 and it has to be completed by April 2.

It is feared that at least 25 per cent of voters in the district will be left without EPICs by then if the process is not intensified.

While in Tirthahalli Assembly constituency nearly 54 per cent of voters have EPICs, only seven per cent of voters in Shimoga Urban Assembly constituency have the card. The process of photographing of voters is yet to commence in Sorab and Sagar taluks.

Concern

Expressing concern over the “slackness” in the process of issuing EPICs, president of the district BJP unit Girish Patel said that only 68,575 voters had been issued the cards since the drive was started last month.

“How is it possible to cover nearly three lakh voters before April 2?” he said.

He hoped the district election authorities would ensure that all eligible voters were issued EPICs. He suggested that the authorities install more cameras at notified centres to photograph voters to speed up the process.

When contacted, Deputy Commissioner and District Election Officer Pankaj Kumar Pandey told The Hindu on Saturday that steps were being taken to issue EPICs to voters who had been issued notices for being photographed. Mobile teams would visit houses of such voters and get them photographs, he said.

However, Mr. Pandey said response from voters to get themselves photographed at the notified centres was poor particularly in urban areas.

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