National Voters Day was celebrated on January 25 at all the 273 polling stations under 116, Bidhannagar Assembly Constituency by distributing elector’s photo identity cards to voters.
January 25 was the day the Election Commission of India was formed. The anniversary is being celebrated to popularise voting among youngsters.
The commission was prepared to distribute 7,595 cards that had been applied for through Form 6 (for new cards). Out of these, candidates turned up for 7,000 cards. A total of 2,280 of these were issued to voters aged between 18 and 19 years. New voters were also gifted paper caps.
“So long I would see my parents going to cast their vote. I’m happy now that I’ll be able to accompany them,” said Kunal Mondal, a Class XI student of Narkeldanga High School. Mondal, who had come to the booth at St. Francis Xavier School, was not aware when the next election would be but knew that he would have to come to the same venue to cast his vote.
A total of 1,978 corrected cards were issued and 1,368 candidates turned up to collect them. Five hundred and seventy four cards out of 1,020 were distributed with changed addresses within the constituency. “I shifted from DA Block to EC Block and needed the change to be made in my voter card,” said Tapati Samanta, collecting her and her husband’s cards at the Kendriya Vidyalaya 1 polling booth.
But Ratna Agarwal, a resident of Purbachal, spotted mistakes in the card she was issued. “I had submitted Form 8 to correct the spelling of my name on the card but the card I got today now has an incorrect address,” lamented the lady.
Those who failed to collect their cards on January 25 can do so from the SDO’s office in DJ Block on any working day between 11am and 4pm. Applications for corrections will also be accepted there.