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Form 7 is used to delete names, not add them: Mumbai collector

City Collector asks cops to investigate how false information about Form 7 is circulating through social media

Worried over the motive behind citizens receiving false information, the City Collector Shaila A has called for a police investigation into why messages are being circulated asking persons to fill the Form 7 to include their name in the electoral roll.

Election officers at Shivaji Nagar Municipal School in Govandi. Pic/Atul Kamble
Election officers at Shivaji Nagar Municipal School in Govandi. Pic/Atul Kamble

According to the collector, Form 7 is an application for objecting to inclusion or seeking deletion of name in the electoral roll, not inclusion. Shaila A, a 2003-batch IAS officer, has asked the cops to carry out a thorough investigation in to the rumours, and asked them to submit a report to her on the same.

The collector claimed that even she has received this particular message, after which she approached the cops, as she felt that some anti-social elements could be behind the sending of the messages. “I want to make it clear that Form 7 is not for voter registration, but for the deletion of a name from the electoral roll,” said Shaila.

The collector said that the process of name inclusion concluded on April 5, the last day for voter registration. “We will start registration again after the Lok Sabha results are declared on May 16,” added Shaila.

Cracking down on bogus voting
Election observers will take special precautions to avoid bogus voting, using the names of voters listed as absent, shifted or dead (ASD). The collector’s office has made a separate list of 2.3 lakh names that are in the ASD.

These names were put in the list after EC officials visited the voter’s residential address thrice, but couldn’t find them at the specified address.

“We have implemented special measures to verify the names of voters who are on the ASD list, if they turn up to vote,” said Shaila A, City Collector

Documents needed
One can exercise their franchise only if his/her name is on the electoral roll. To prove their identity, the voter would have to furnish either one of these;
>> Voter identity card
>> Passport
>> Driving licence
>> Photo identity card issued by Centre, State or private firm,
>> Bank or post office photo passbook 
>> Pan card
>> Aadhar card 
>> MNREGA job card
>> Health insurance smart card issued by Ministry of Labour, 
>> Documents of service retirement, which has photo 
>> The election commission has clearly specified that the ration card cannot be used a identity proof to vote

Misleading SMS
The message that’s being circulated through social networking sites is: “Don’t have voting card? Apparently you can still vote, Take 2 photographs with an identity proof having your photo in it and fill up FORM 7 at the polling booth and after doing this you can vote. Please forward this to as many people as you can, fulfill your responsibility, Vote for Change, Vote for India.’

Did you know?
Registration of voters is a continuous process and the electoral rolls are revised annually with January 1 as the qualifying date. Any voter’s name can be added, deleted or transferred during the process.

Form 6 is used for inclusion of name, while forms 7, 8 are used for deletion and cancellation of names respectively. Similarly form 8A is used for transfer of name from one part to another.

98.92 lakh
Total electorate in Mumbai

29.22 lakh
Voters in Mumbai city

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