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No voting despite I-cards
Yoginder Gupta
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 7
A large number of voters across the state complained that they could not vote despite possessing voter identity cards.

They reached the polling booths but returned disappointed when they found that their names had been struck off from the electoral rolls. Many of them rang up newspaper offices to lodge their complaints.

A report from Kurukshetra said about 2,000 voters complained of their names missing from the votersí list in Thanesar. A similar complaint was reported from Shahbad town in Kurukshetra district, where 2,600 voters lodged their protest.

Some residents of Yamunanagar and Jagadhri were aggrieved when they were unable to cast their vote despite having identity cards, as their name was not in the electoral roll.

Sushil of Govindpura, Amritpal of Sarojni colony and Amar Singh of Krishna colony rued that they were unable to cast their vote although they had completed all formalities and had identity cards.

Sources in the election office here said this year for the first time photo electoral rolls were used in the state. The voters were given several opportunities to be photographed. Those, who did not turn up for being photographed, their names were struck off from the electoral rolls, presuming that either they had shifted their place of residence or did not exist anymore.

The photo electoral rolls were prepared on the orders of the Election Commission to prevent enrolment of bogus voters as well as to check bogus voting, they added.

Still, the sources said, if voters had taken the trouble of checking their names in the draft electoral rolls or even the final electoral rolls before the issue of election notification, their names could have been included in the rolls and they would have been able to exercise their franchise.

Meanwhile, a minor incident of clash was reported from Ismailabad in Kurukshetra, from where Congressí Navin Jindal is seeking re-election. The clash took place between Congress and INLD supporters after which polling had to be suspended for an hour.

Report of an EVM malfunction was also received from Narnaund.



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