In Mira-Bhayandar, out of 2,622, just 166 ‘apply’ to vote
Bhayandar : While the State Election Commission (EC) spent crores of rupees on rigorous campaigns aimed at motivating people to enrol as voters and cast their ballots, around 2,456 on-duty poll personnel in the Mira Bhayandar region virtually turned their back in casting their own vote despite elaborate arrangements made by the EC authorities.
It should be note that those deputed on poll duty have to follow a separate procedure to cast his or her vote and are required to submit form 12 (A) to the office of the returning office. As per official records, 2,622 people including 1,930 civic staff, teachers and 550 police personnel were assigned poll duty in Mira Bhayandar assembly constituency. However, only 166 poll personnel registered themselves for postal ballots while 2,456 did not even bother to fill and submit their 12 (A) form to get their Election Duty Certificates (EDC) needed to take part in electoral process.
“Although force cannot be implied as voting is not compulsory. However, since EC launches extensive drives to encourage voters it is ridiculous that on-duty polling personnel themselves stay away from casting their ballots. All of them should be issued show cause notices so as to ensure that such things are not repeated in future,” said president of Citizen Front, Rohit Suvarna.
According to EC guidelines, in case polling personnel are put on election duty in the same constituency in which they are enrolled as voters, they are entitled to get an EDC to vote at the same polling station they are on duty. In case they are on duty in a constituency other than their own, they are entitled to postal ballot.