With the upcoming general elections, those eligible have started registering themselves to be able to vote. But many are unaware when to enroll for a voter’s ID card, or where to get it from.
In order to resolve the problem, Kharghar-based NGO Yuva Prerna Social Organisation has sent a letter to the tehsildar to increase the number of centres and workforce to help local residents register.
Registrations, which opened on September 17, will remain open until October 17, and citizens need to visit official voting centres to register. However, Kharghar residents claim that centres are not easy to access.
They also claim that unlike other public-interest advertisements that create awareness, the government’s advertisements do not inform citizens where they can register and vote in their vicinity, and this needs to be changed.
Harish Salvi, a resident of the area, said, “We are not even aware of the place or time when they are supposed to get themselves registered. The process is quite confusing for the common man, especially working class people like us who are held up with work from morning to evening.”
Yuva Prerna has sent a letter to the tehsildar requesting him to allow for an increase in the number of voting centres in Kharghar. “Since residents of Kharghar were facing severe problems regarding voting centres in their areas, we decided to write to the tehsildar and request more centres in Kharghar that have a larger workforce to keep these places running smoothly,” said Kiran Patil, president of Yuva Prerna.Patil added, “Some action will hopefully be taken and the residents of Kharghar will not have to suffer for long.”