Over 100 unlisted voters gathered at Mahesh Vidayalaya polling station in Kothrud yesterday, protesting why their names were not in list, in spite of having their election cards. They marched to meet the collector demanding their right to vote.
Left out: Angry citizens at Mahesh Vidyalaya at a polling booth in Kothrud after they were denied their right to vote, despite having voter ID cards as their names were missing from the list. Pic/Mohan Patil
BJP leader Ujwal Keskar, who was at the station informed this disappointed section that they will not be able to vote this time and that they will have to fill the election form to get their names registered for the next elections.
“If you feel bogus voting is being done against your name, then you can fill the ballot form and vote again, this vote can be counted,” he added.
The situation was no different at Ganesh Kala Kendre polling booth in Swargate, where more than 50 unlisted voters got together and met the election officer present at the booth. They said that they were eligible to vote and displayed their voting cards.
Assistant Returning Officer Sonaapa Yamger, said, “These people can fill the form and vote in the next elections and the process of new registrations will start soon after this.”
Anil Paranjape, a senior citizen who came to vote, said, “I couldn’t vote as my name wasn’t listed, which I feel is unfair.” Another upset voter Rajashri Gogate said, “The whole motive behind deleting the names sounds dubious.
The scam is so large that the candidate who is expected to lose, will emerge victorious.”
Kothrud Shiv Sena MLA Chandrakant Mokate said, “Thousands of names have been excluded from the list and voters weren’t able to vote.”
He was present at Mahesh Vidayalaya where he tried to convince the people not to waste their time and fill the form for the next voting. But people did not give up, continued to wait and headed to the election commissioner’s office to make it right.