Promise of voter slips with route map falls flat

On the other hand, many voters complain about not receiving even the simple voter slips The Election Commission’s promise of distribution of photo voter slips with a route map to the polling station has fallen flat in the city, with many electors not even receiving the slips, let alone the route map. Only a few electors in the 15 constituencies of the Hyderabad district have got elaborate voter slips with route maps printed overleaf, while practically none in the constituencies falling in Ranga Reddy and Medchal districts have received even simple voter slips. Downloading slips However, the tech-savvy citizens have the option of downloading the slips from the Chief Electoral Officer’s website ‘ceotelangana.nic.in’.

“I tried, but failed to locate my polling station which is in some nondescript private school. Then I waited for the slip with the route map, which has not been delivered. Later, I tried the map provided on the Chief Electoral Officer’s website, which has failed to load,” complained P. Siddharth, a voter from the L.B. Nagar constituency. Technical issues Narasimha Reddy from Musheerabad constituency said he has received the slip, but it did not have any route map. Some voters, however, got the slips along with the route map, but the print quality was so bad that the map did not make any difference to them. Officials from Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) said the maps could not be printed on many slips owing to technical issues.

None of the voters from constituencies falling under the Ranga Reddy district, but part of GHMC, have got the voter slips. Chief Electoral Officer’s office too has no clue about the percentage of voter slip distribution in constituencies outside Hyderabad. Slow network With many voters trying to retrieve voter slips from Chief Electoral Officer’s website in the last moment, the network has slowed down tremendously on Thursday leaving many disappointed. As per the Chief Electoral Officer’s instructions, the booth-level officers, accompanied by political party agents, are responsible for door-to-door delivery of voter slips. The undelivered slips should be returned to the sector officer for safekeeping, to be given back to the booth-level officers on the polling day, for distribution at the polling station.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/promise-of-voter-slips-with-route-map-falls-flat/article25684694.ece

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