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Tata Steel employee Bimal Kumar Patra is hoping to be third time lucky for his wife’s electoral photo identity card.

Though Patra — a resident of Beldih Lake Flats — had received wife Sikha’s voter ID card in 2012, the address was incorrect.

Sunday was the third time when Patra applied for it.

Special enrolment camps were held at 24,648 poll booths across the state to add names to the voter list and corrections in voter ID cards in accordance with a Election Commission (EC) directive.

“The first time I filled up the form was in early 2011. Unfortunately I never received the card. I applied again in the same year and received it by December. But it was of no use as address was wrong,” said Patra at Loyola School booth.

He added, “So here I am taking the trouble again. I wish the booth-level officers could type sensibly.”

Patra was not the only one complaining. Like him, several electorate complained of harassment and non-cooperation from booth-level officers.

Although East Singhbhum DC Amitabh Kaushal made rounds of the booths, their functioning was not up to the mark. Scarcity of form 6 , which is used for inclusion of names in voter list, was reported from the booths.

People had to buy photocopies from xerox shops.

“The booth level officer was reluctant to even give me the acknowledgement that she had received my application,” said Sandeep Kumar at a booth in Uliyan, Kadma.

The case of Sanjay Kumar, a businessman from Kadma, was unique. His entire family is in the voter’s list, but his own name is missing.

“I had to fill a fresh form for inclusion in the list. How can this people miss the head of the family’s name while preparing the electoral roll,” Sanjay said.