ANDHRA PRADESH

‘Guntur makes a mark in issue of voter ID cards'

Special Correspondent

KANAGALA (GUNTUR DT.): Guntur district has done exceptionally well in issuing photo voter identity cards by completing 95 per cent of its registered 41 lakh voters, which is far above the national average of 82 per cent, Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi has said.

While Andhra Pradesh as a whole had issued 90 per cent of the cards, cooperation from people was essential to complete issuance of the remaining 75 lakh within the next few months, he said at a press conference here on Wednesday. Kerala was topping the list with 100 per cent cards issued.

Requesting the youth to come forward and register their names as voters soon after attaining the age of 18, he said the Andhra Pradesh unit had even experimented with installing drop boxes at popular shops, bus stations, colleges and post offices so that once their application in proper format with photos were available, the Election Commission staff could personally visit them for verification and issue of cards.

Through upholding of democratic values in society by exercising their franchise, Indians could see the country as a super power in the 21st Century, Mr. Quraishi said. The Election Commissioner had come to the village to inaugurate an engineering college building and interact with school and college students. College Chairman Haji Abdul Samad promised to extend cooperation in spreading awareness among students in his institutions.

The EC also gave away gold medals to Md. Shareef, Shaik Fatima, G. Ganapathi (visually challenged), Ramalakshmi, Sk. Mubina and P. Vasundhara for topping their courses in the HMKS & MGS Colleges.