Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) election department has started issuing new voter ID cards to the citizens in the area.A registration centre has been set up at Annasaheb Magar Primary School in Pimple Saudagar has been set up recently. Speaking to Cityplus, Vitthal Kate, corporator, Pimple Saudagar, said, "The process is already under way in our ward. Citizens are being encouraged to fill the voters' registration forms."
For people who haven't got their election cards yet, the opportunity is a timely one. Appreciating the efficiency of the procedure, Ratan Kumar, a resident of S3 Lifestyle Apartments, said, "We are all eager to get our voter ID cards. We did apply for cards during the last PCMC election, but the ID has not been dispatched to me till date, in spite of being issued registration numbers."
H L Ingle, principal of the school where the registration desk has been set up, expressed the possibility that those who haven't received their voter IDs might have not followed the registration procedure properly."The forms filled by them might have been rejected because of incorrect information or incorrect documentation. They should fill up the forms again."
Residents without voter IDs are eagerly approaching the nearest registration centre in the PCMC schools. A booth-level officer, on the condition of anonymity, commented, "We are receiving the completed forms and also helping citizens with filling them correctly, since forms filled up incorrectly will be rejected by the Election Commission." Further, she added that one needs to submit resident proof for the cards. "People wishing to update their current details can do so by filling up the correction form, form number 18," she pointed out.
Santosh Maskar, Chairman, Roseland Residency, said, "The response to the drive has been huge after we put up notices appealing to the residents to register for voter ID cards. At the society, we are doing our best to persuade people to register. Kaustubh Joshi, Chairman, Whistling Palms, informed Cityplus that the society adopted the notice-display measure too in a bid to encourage citizens to get their voter IDs.