Over 20,000 applications poured in from 21 constituencies in the district for registration of new voters under the ‘Housing Society Voter Registration Campaign’ that was inaugurated on July 22 in Hinjewadi in the presence of chief electoral officer Shrikant Deshpande and district collector Dr. Rajesh Deshmukh.
According to officials, two major campaigns have been inaugurated for people to add their names to voter lists. Along with the housing voter registration, college students have also been encouraged to register their names for voting in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections that will be held next year. The objective of the campaign is to achieve 100 per cent registration of eligible voters in the district.
As part of the campaign, a survey is conducted every weekend and will continue till November. There are four categories—Form 6 is for the new voters, Form 7 is for deletion of names from the existing electoral roll, Form 8 is the application to apply for change in address and Form 6B is to link Aadhaar card with the voter ID.
Over two weekends (from July 22-23 and from July 29-30), the total number of applications stood at 35,898. The election office is yet to compile data for the latest week. Out of the total, 21,582 are new voters, 3,303 people have applied for deletion of their names in the existing electoral roll, 10,131 voters have applied for change in address and 882 have applied to link Aadhaar card with voter ID.
Among the 21 constituencies, Vadgaon Sheri has the largest number of newly registered voters, totaling to 1,496, while Velhe has not recorded any new registrations yet. Only Shirur and Parvati constituencies have received 6B applications, while the remaining constituencies have not received any applicants yet.
According to an official, these campaigns are part of the SVEEP (Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation) activities, which is the flagship programme of the Election Commission of India. Campaigns are launched to educate voters and spread voter literacy.