Posted On Thursday, August 06, 2009 at 02:13:12 AM
In order to make the process of elections more voter-friendly, the election office of Mumbai City District (Colaba to Mahim-Dharavi) has now begun issuing Election Photo Identity Cards online — and that too with a photograph of your choice, provided, of course, it is a close-up.
In fact, the election office has now made it possible for citizens to make new cards, or update personal information in the electoral roles – all online. This will also help citizens understand the electoral process better.
The website of the election office provides links that give relevant information like voters’ list, maps of Assembly constituencies, etc. Various online forms, along with provisions for feedback, are also available on the site.
If your name exists on the voter list and you want to apply for a new voter card, you no longer need to go to the Electoral Registration Office.
All you have to do is find your name in the voter list online, upload your photo, fill the form with your contact number, and email it to the election office on the address given on the site.
You will be given a unique ID number. You can then follow up your case online, or on the helpline provided on the eb site.
When your application is processed and the card is ready, the election office will call you to collect it.
Those whose names do not exist in the voter list, as also those who have turned 18 and want to be included in the voter list, can also register online and apply for voter ID cards. The URL of the web site is http://126.96.36.199/election.
GOOD RESPONSE EXPECTED
I S Kundan, Collector for Mumbai District, which comprises two Parliamentary constituencies and 10 Legislative Assembly constituencies, is hopeful that people will respond positively to the website.
“We have been getting a good response, but most citizens are still unaware of it. With this system, your voter ID is reached almost to your doorstep,” Kundan said.
“We are also targeting those 2.50 lakh families who do not have a single voter ID card in the family. We will send
out a team of community health workers to their residences to get them registered on the spot.
This time authorities plan to register people who are yet to do so. “We are also encouraging people from big housing societies and slums to get registered.
They can get registered in a few simple steps and get their ID cards on the spot. We are targeting nine lakh citizens, but may get just three lakh. But that’s not a bad deal,” Kundan added.