Citizens can use voters' slips distributed by political parties

Oct 10, 2014, 03:57 IST | Priyanka Deshpande

The District Election Department, which had earlier appealed to citizens not to use voters’ slips distributed by political parties, will now allow them to bring those slips, as it may not be possible for the department to complete distribution of their voters’ slips by the assembly election. However, citizens who bring voters’ slips distributed by political parties, will also have to bring other identity proof with them.

With just a week left for the elections in the state, the District Election Department could finish distributing only 10 per cent of voters’ slips. Officials in the department said that it would be highly impossible to reach every voter by October 15 and therefore, they will hold one special drive to distribute the slips. The state will go to polls on October 15.

“We will stop door-to-door distribution of voters’ slips by October 11. However, immediately the next day (October 12), we will distribute slips at polling booths, where citizens can collect them,” said Deputy District Election Officer and Tahsildar, Seema Holkar. Voters’ slips not only help citizens find their polling stations, but can also be used as identity proof for voting.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) had come up with photo voters’ slips during this year’s Lok Sabha elections. Earlier during the Lok Sabha election, District Collector Saurabh Rao had appealed to people not to bring voters’ slips distributed by political parties to polling stations as they generally had the name of the candidates and party symbols printed on them.

However, sources in the District Election Department said that as it would not be possible now for the department to distribute the voters’ slips by the election, voters could bring the slips that were distributed by the political parties.

“If voters don’t have the slips given by us, then they should bring an identity proof like PAN card, driving licence or Aadhar card with them on D-Day,” said Holkar. Meanwhile, the final inspection of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) was under process and would be complete. “We are engaged in dispatching all the necessary material for D-day to polling booths in the district,” said Holkar.

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