With more than one lakh voters who have registered over the past six months waiting for their Electoral Photo Identity Card, 99,000 new EPICs arrived in Noida on Thursday and will be distributed before March 22.
Over 134,000 voters who have registered in the past six months are yet to receive their registration details and voter cards. While 99,000 of these have come in, the remaining 35,000 cards are also expected to arrive by the end of the week. Meanwhile, March 15 is the last day for those who wish to register as new voters in Noida, and any application received after the deadline cannot be added to the electoral rolls.
“The 99,000 cards that have just come in will be distributed within a week. We will be sorting the cards and setting up camps in all localities where the residents can collect the cards from their booth level officer (BLO),” Rakesh Sharma, additional district election officer, said.
He added that in areas where few cards have to be distributed, they will be distributed door-to-door by administration staff.
Residents who have not been able to apply for inclusion of their names in the electoral roll in Noida, can either fill the form 6 on the National Voter Service Portal (NVSP) online, or can download and submit the physical form at their respective tehsil office. There is a tehsil office in each of the five assembly constituencies that are part of Gautam Buddha Nagar parliamentary constituency. People can also check their name and EPIC number on the NVSP to see if their names have been added to the electoral roll.
“The forms will be processed and names will be added to the voters list if we receive the form by March 15 online or offline. The cards will take time to come and people should not panic. In case people don’t receive their voter card but their name is on the list, they can use any other approved ID card to cast their votes too,” Sharma said.
There were a total of 19,84,196 electors in Gautam Budh Nagar parliamentary constituency during the 2014 general elections. Of these, around 40% are from Noida and Greater Noida. These areas have also registered several new voters with people settling in the city in the past few years.
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Mar 15, 2019 12:40 IST
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