The East Singhbhum district administration has launched a campaign till the month-end to allow eligible residents who lack voter I-cards an opportunity to get enlisted on the electoral roll well in time before the next elections.
The residents can submit applications at election conducting centres on the premises of the Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee, Mango Notified Area Committee and in Jugsalai Municipality.
Deputy election officer of East Singhbhum Bipin Behari said they had started receiving fresh applications for both voter I-cards as well as for enlisting fresh names in the electoral list from October 1.
“Residents who have address proofs may come to any of the centres for obtaining application forms and submit them at the polling booths nearest to their homes,” said the deputy election officer.
A similar opportunity was also available for residents in Ghatshila, he added.
Bipin Behari said booth level officer would be present at each of the 1,157 booths across East Singhbhum every Sunday till October 31.
Applicants have to submit forms attached with address proof and a passport size photograph to the booth-level officers for obtaining their voter I-card as well as for finding their names on the electoral list.
An applicant will get voter I-card in a month’s time.
As part of the drive, the district election office is also giving an opportunity for the residents concerned to get their names in the electoral list or voter I-card rectified, in case of any error. The ones whose names are missing from the electoral list due to change of address can also apply afresh.
East Singhbhum has around 14 lakh voters, the deputy election officer said.
“Of these, five per cent do not have their names on the electoral list due to various reasons, including change of address. Similarly, eight per cent of the voters do not have their voter I-cards,” said Bipin Behari, urging applicants to make the most of the opportunity, as voter I-card serves as an identity proof and is required for various tasks.