For the East Central Graduates, Teachers constituencies
The ongoing campaign to enrol voters for the East Central Graduates constituency and East Central Teachers constituency of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Council has drawn a lukewarm response going by the number of applications received so far.
In Tiruchi district, 4,501 applications have been received for the graduate constituency and just 803 applications for the teachers constituency as on November 1.
The Tiruchi East Central graduates and teachers constituency would include Tiruchi, Perambalur, Ariyalur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and Thanjavur districts.
Eligible voters of graduates and teachers constituencies are required to apply through Form 18 and Form 19 respectively. The number of applications received in the other five revenue districts under the East Central constituency has also been low.
As per figures made available on the number of applications received till October 31, Thanjavur district had received the maximum of 4,569 and 669 applications for the graduates and teachers constituencies respectively.
The applications received in the other districts were: Nagapattinam 1979 and 269; Tiruvarur 1,533 and 210, Ariyalur 628 and 27 and Perambalur 423 and 42.
Despite two special camps being held on October 23, 24, 30 and 31, the response to the campaign has been lukewarm. Official circles cite the general lack of awareness and festival season as the main reasons for the poor response. With the elections for the Legislative Council being held after over two decades, not many are aware of the revival of the democratic institution.
A section of college teachers also feels that there was not much clarity and more time should have been given for the enrollment.
Demand for extension
With just a few more days left for the enrollment to close, there has been a demand for extending the deadline.
“The actual enrollment process began only by mid-October and colleges were closed by October 25. Our association has taken up a drive to make teachers enroll themselves. Many teachers face practical difficulties in submission of the forms,” said K.Pandian, Zonal Secretary, Association of University Teachers.
He observed that the enrollment of teachers could have easily been done if only the authorities have distributed the applications forms to colleges and schools. Teachers are required to submit the forms with the authorisation of the institution heads.
Authorities have also refused to accept applications forms for the graduates constituency in bulk. But this was not made clear earlier, he added.