EC, BMMP Apathy Aggravates Voters; Disappointment
Uday Shantharama Nagarkatte and his wife Sunethra Uday Nagarkatte have been making the rounds of the Election Commissioner’s office and various BBMP offices to get their names (that had been deleted during the last Assembly elections) back on the voter’s list. “During the last Assembly elections in 2012, my wife and I, along with several others from our locality (almost 15 residents) realised that our names had been deleted from the voter’s list. This was attributed to the reorganisation of constituency as ours was changed from Uttarahalli to Govindrajnagar, in Bangalore South,” explains Uday.
Residing at the same address for over 25 years, in Chandra layout, and as consistent voters over the same period, the husband and wife are discouraged at the apathy and the lack of support that the BBMP and Election Commission has shown in addressing their situation, as the matter was brought to their notice two years ago. After a long wait, they decided to approach the Election Commission again this March and also applied again for a new voter registration.
“On March 9, we dropped our applications in the Arundhatinagar ward office drop box, as it did not have computerised data entry facilities. On checking about the status of my application in the area office in Basaweshwar nagar, the ARO Srinivas, did not help us trace the application or even let us know our status. Instead he asked me to contact Nagaraj, the ward officer. He also did not care to assist me in anyway,” rues Uday.