1.32 Lakhs Voters Of Cantonment Board Has To Cast Their Votes Without EPICs

Hyderabad, Feb 23 (Maxim News): Following the old Cantonment British era norms for the elections, even this year around 1.32 lakh voters will have to cast their votes without electronic photo identity cards (EPICs). Voters feel that deprived of EPICs, there may be a change of impersonations of voters as the same situation occurred in 2015.

Locals pointed out that when the photo electoral rolls is been implemented by the Election Commission of India (ECI) for both Assembly and Lok Sabha elections then why is the Ministry of Defence not implementing the same for Cantonment Board elections? election rules in Cantonment are not as per the norms of the Election Commission of India.

In 2015 during the cantonment Board elections a lot of confusion was created as the Cantonment followed the same old method of elections and not the single voter list method. “unfortunately, the single voter ID card method is not applicable in the Cantonment. The electoral rolls only have the names of voters of all eight civilian wards, without their photos. The enrolled voters have to visit the polling station, along with ID proofs, prescribed by the election authorities.

the Cantonment residents are still being ruled by the British era rules said Jitender Surana, All India Cantonments Residents Owner Welfare Association. “Why are the ECI norms not being followed in the Cantonment? even urged the SCB officers to introduce EPICs to cast their votes on the lines of neighboring GHMC. The residents said that many representations to the officials concerned in past regarding the EPIC have been submitted

According to electoral rolls issued in September 2022, there are 1.32 lakh voters in the Cantonment, Ward-V (Mahendra Hills) has the highest number of voters with 22,919, while ward-II (Rasoolpura) has the lowest of 7,872 voters. nearly 30,000 voters have lost their right to vote for allegedly encroaching upon defense land. (Maxim News)

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