Nagpur: Be it assembly elections or lok sabha polls, the voter turnout every year is remarkably low as compared to the registered number of voters. However most of who are willing to vote doesn’t have registration. They are either migrants or doesn’t hold the card or their names not enrolled in the voters list. So, for all those who missed out on voting in previous elections or the budding new generation of voters who wanted to get listed in the poll list, here comes another chance.
State Election Commission has decided to conduct voters registration drive from October 8 to November 7. With this drive new voters also have an opportunity to get their names registered in voters list. They should take advantage of this oppourtinity, appealed State Election Commissioner J S Saharia on Monday.
A meeting of local office-bearers of political parties and senior officials was organised at Chhatrapati Shivaji Auditorium in district collector”s office on Monday. He was speaking during this meeting. “In Maharashtra, elections of municipal corporations, zilla parishads, municipal councils and panchayat samitis will be held from December 2016 to March 2017.
Special voter registration drive is being conducted from October 8 to November 7, 2015 in view of these elections. All eligible voters who will be completing 18 years of age on January 1, 2016 should register their names during this drive. Similarly, names of persons whose addresses have changed, deceased persons or double names should be deleted,” appealed Saharia.
Voters registration drive is conducted by Election Commission of India. Voters lists of Assembly constituencies will be updated through this drive. Election Commission is giving stress on this drive and has taken up voter awareness campaign at local self government bodies” level.
The tenures of Nagpur and Amravati Municipal Corporations, Nagpur Zilla Parishad and Panchayat Samitis under it and various municipal councils are ending from December 2016 to March 2017. At State level, tenures of 10 municipal corporations, 195 municipal councils, 26 zilla parishads and 287 panchayat samitis. Voter awareness drive has been taken up through various mediums. Saharia appealed that this drive should be given momentum by government machinery, political parties, and media.
District collector Sachin Kurve, Nagpur Municipal Corporation commissioner Shravan Hardikar, chief officers of municipal councils and representatives of various political parties were present. Municipal councils and newly formed panchayat samiti of Nagpur division would go to polls in November 2015. These elections should be held in fear free environment, said election commissioner of Maharashtra J S Saharia.
A review meeting of elections of municipal councils, nagar panchayats and gram panchayats was chaired by Saharia in divisional commissioner”s office in Civil Lines on Monday. He was speaking during the meeting.
Divisional commissioner Anup Kumar, special inspector general of police Ravindra Kadam, additional district collector Kadambari Bhagat, election deputy commissioner Manoj Suryavanshi, deputy commissioner Appasaheb Dhulat, chief officers of municipal councils were present in the meeting.