Thursday, 11 November 2010 11:59
Representation to conduct booth level voter enrolment for MLC Election in Tamilnadu, Nov 9 , 2010
Senthil Arumugam, State Steering Committee Member,
Makkal Sakthi Katchi, 41, Bazaar Lane, Saidapet, Chennai-15
Mr.Praveen Kumar IAS., Chief Electoral Officer,
Election Commission of India (Tamilnadu), Chief Secretariat, Chennai.
Sub: Enrolments of voters for Graduates and Teachers’ constituency – need to conduct booth level enrolment to enable fair participation of people in the MLC election – regarding.
We notice with pain that the enrolment of voters for Graduates and teachers’ constituency in Tamil Nadu has not been satisfactory. A mere 1,60,000 voters registering out of 25,00,000 eligible graduates in the State is a clear indicator that this important function of democracy has not gained the necessary impetus. This is due to lack of publicity and also the need to physically go to the Taluk offices to enrol the votes.
It has already come to our notice that the people who wanted to enrol their votes were not able to do it in certain Taluk offices due to confusion over jurisdiction. It would be ideal to do the voter enrolment similar to the booth level EPIC and assembly election voter enrolment which was done successfully by the Elections department of Tamil Nadu recently. Tamilnadu also has the success story in Pulse polio campaign. The same modus operandi may be adopted here as well.
We understand that in the earlier version of MLC voter enrolment (In 1980’s), government officials have conducted the voter enrolment campaign going to various campuses such as Government offices, factories, public buildings etc. If the same is followed now, the enrolment will increase a lot.
We appeal to you to enable the graduates and teachers to enrol their votes by conducting a two day polling booth level registration process, spread across the State. If the department is not able to conduct booth level enrolment, the same may be conducted by clubbing 5-8 booths in one building. As elections to MLC is being held after a long time, this process is mandatory. It is needless to stress that the dates for such registration should fall on Saturday and Sunday, to enable the office goers to enrol their votes without any hindrance.
The first list of registered voters of MLC is about to be released on Nov22nd. This list can be placed in all the polling booths and those who missed to enrol themselves shall be allowed to enrol it right there. Eventhough the polling booths for MLC is going to be different, this process will be convenient for people and they already familiar with this method. Also the whole district is going to come under one constituency there won’t be any chances of wrong registrations. We request you to take the right decision in this regard which will give a huge turnout in enrolment for MLC election. Since this is your first major task of being the new CEO of Tamilnadu, the huge enrolment will give a very positive signal to media and people about the proactiveness and effectiveness of Election Commission of India (Tamilnadu) under your leadership.
1. Chief Election Commissioner, New Delhi
2. ALL Medias
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