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Same House, But Different Polling Booths

Published: 23rd August 2015 04:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd August 2015 04:12 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: A couple and their two children had to vote in two different wards despite living in the same house in Ashoknagar.

P G Prasad, a senior citizen, resides with his wife Nagalakshmi, son Madan Kumar and daughter Shreedevi at 4th Cross, Ashoknagar. “I am staying here for the past four decades. My wife and I voted at Venkateshwara School, a booth that comes under Vidyapeeta ward, whereas my children, who stay in the same house, voted at Government School, which comes under Basavanagudi ward,” he said.

He added that they had received slips from a couple of political parties through which they got to know that all four of them could not vote in the same polling booth. “It has never happened earlier. If we had not got the slips, at least two of us would have missed voting thinking that our names are missing,” he said.

His neighbour Saidatta, owns one of the floors of the building on door number 37. “It’s a single survey number. Three floors are constructed and each one is owned by different people. It is not an apartment. I own the house on the first floor and my name was included in the voters’ list of Vidyapeeta. The names of those who live in the second floor were in the Basavanagudi voters’ list,” he said.

“If people residing in the same building come under different wards, whom should they approach for any civic related problems? We have to run from pillar to post,” he said.

Another Shocker

H V Shivaraj, a resident of same road, and his wife also faced a similar issue. “We stay under the same roof but had to vote in two different wards. On the one hand, BBMP tells us to vote but on the other hand, they goof up big time,” he said.



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