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Tuesday , April 8 , 2014
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Voter slips delivered on Ranchi doorsteps

The amoral days of last-minute door-to-door campaigning by party workers on the pretext of distributing voter slips are over.

The EC is shouldering the responsibility to deliver these slips on every doorstep to curb the malpractice.

As many as 2,358 teachers-turned-booth-level officers in Ranchi district have been knocking on citizens’ doors since Saturday to hand them over their voter slips without canvassing for any particular political party or candidate.

Sources said that till Monday evening, more than 60 per cent of the total electorate of 18 lakh in the district had received their photo-affixed voter slips with detailed information of polling booths and serial numbers.

Those who missed out would receive theirs on April 11 and 12 when the drive will be repeated after the first round of elections in Jharkhand on April 10. The Ranchi parliamentary seat goes to polls in the second round on April 17.

Binod Kumar Sinha, a resident of old AG Co-operative Colony in the capital, expressed satisfaction with the home delivery of the voter slips.

“Earlier, I had to depend on political party workers to know my serial number and polling booth. But in procuring the information, I used to end up getting influenced by them. Besides, those were very small scraps of paper that would often get misplaced before the polling day,” Sinha said.

He added that this time the slips were convenient in size and would remain intact till the D-Day.

Ishwari Chand Gupta, a resident of Harmu Housing Colony, echoed him.

“Earlier, I had to devote time to search my family’s name on the electoral list. But this time, I am relaxed.I have all the details 11 days prior to the Lok Sabha election,” Gupta said.

A section of voters in the city, however, complained that their voter slips had not reached them. “I have not received mine,” said retired IAF air vice marshal Yash Kumar.

District electoral officer Vinay Kumar Choubey said that he would personally visit some of the areas from where complaints had come.

“Actions will be taken against booth-level officers if found guilty of not discharging their duties properly. The voters need not worry. We will repeat the drive,” Choubey added.