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Second chance to be on voter list

Jharkhand’s eligible residents will get yet another chance on Monday to ensure that their names are in place on the poll list, courtesy the Election Commission which has extended the special enrolment camps by a day.

Chief electoral officer P.K. Jajoria said the camps would continue statewide because many had failed to turn up at various booths in the wake of the bandh called on Sunday to protest Ajsu leader Tileshwar Sahu’s murder.

“Had there been no bandh more people would have turned up to enrol their names on the list. Hence, the camp is being extended by another day,” said Jajoria.

There are over 18 lakh voters and 2,358 polling booths in Ranchi district, which covers the three constituencies of Ranchi, Lohardaga and Khunti. Of these, 364 booths are in the city. While the total number of male voters in the capital is 1,46,291, as many as 1,24,960 women will also exercise their franchise from Ranchi.

According to the control room in Dhurwa, voters are very enthusiastic. “Every booth has reported inclusion of about 25 to 30 names. We have also received information about scarcity of Form 6 from all booths and will try to send them tomorrow (Monday),” said an EC official.

Booth-level officer (BLO) Manju Sinha, who was on duty at Marwari College on Sunday, echoed him. “The demand was most for Form 6. I had brought around 10 forms and all were exhausted by 11am. None of the photocopy shops near the college was open because of the bandh. If the camp is held again on Monday, there would be an even better response,” said Sinha. She added that around 50 missing names were added to the electoral list.

The situation was no different at Ranchi Women’s College. “I had around 30 copies of Form 6. After reaching the college, I had to share it with three other BLOs. As a result, I fell short of Form 6. Some people brought their prints of Form 6 and some volunteered to get photocopies,” said BLO Maya Kumari.

Voters are also happy with the decision.

Rajak Kumar, a resident of Tharpakhna, who had turned up at the booth at Union Club and Library, said: “Today there was shortage of Form 6. But thanks to the Election Commission’s decision, I can again try my luck tomorrow (Monday).”