About Sakuntala Narasimhan 69 Articles
Sakuntala Narasimhan is a Jayanagar based writer, musician and consumer activist.

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  1. My nightmare became a reality when we four of us were denied to vote a day before the election stating that our names will not appear in the list. Four months of running around and regular follow-up has not enabled us to vote! (They promised to give it in two weeks). Even till date the website states “field verification completed”. Contacted the CEO, and the other officers’ whose names are listed on their sites…all in vain. I have been issued an Aadhar card but not a Voter ID. All the newspaper ad is just to create an illusion in those who have Voter’s ID that they are serious, but in reality, the way these officials work would not change since there is no extra benefits they get nor probably will they have any work left after the elections are over! SAD BUT TRUE THAT FOUR VOTES WERE LOST!!!

  2. reposting for the links…
    Here goes my story and lessons learnt: I’m from Odisha and living here for the last 7 years…After over a struggle of over 2 years, 4 RTI’s, 1 first appeals, one 2nd appeal, one visit to CEO Office, 5 times submitted hard copies, two calls to CEO (Anil Kumar Jha), two SMSs to CEO, numerous calls to numerous agents, numerous SMSs to numerous agents, searching details everyday in the portal..finally I succeeded in getting my voter card. In fact, now, they gave me two numbers.
    Mistake I had done:- Earlier I had selected wrong constituency while filling online form…no officer will tell you to rectify…infect they will not listen you…prepare yourself for the crisis…
    Lessons learned:
    1. Always select correct constituency while filling online form http://ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in
    2. To expedite your process, immediately file a RTI…appeal…second appeals etc. if you have not received any status https://rtionline.gov.in It will just cost Rs 10/-
    3. In need do not heritage to call Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka Anil Kumar Jha @ 9448290830
    4. Now they have removed the contact details in http://eci-citizenservices.nic.in I think later they will again publish the mobile #’s of all Election officers..

  3. reposting for the links…
    Here goes my story and lessons learnt: I’m from Odisha and living here for the last 7 years…After over a struggle of over 2 years, 4 RTI’s, 1 first appeals, one 2nd appeal, one visit to CEO Office, 5 times submitted hard copies, two calls to CEO (Anil Kumar Jha), two SMSs to CEO, numerous calls to numerous agents, numerous SMSs to numerous agents, searching details everyday in the portal..finally I succeeded in getting my voter card. In fact, now, they gave me two numbers.
    Mistake I had done:- Earlier I had selected wrong constituency while filling online form…no officer will tell you to rectify…infect they will not listen you…prepare yourself for the crisis…
    Lessons learned:
    1. Always select correct constituency while filling online form http://ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in
    2. To expedite your process, immediately file a RTI…appeal…second appeals etc. if you have not received any status https://rtionline.gov.in It will just cost Rs 10/-
    3. In need do not heritage to call Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka Anil Kumar Jha @ 9448290830
    4. Now they have removed the contact details in http://eci-citizenservices.nic.in I think later they will again publish the mobile #’s of all Election officers..

  4. Here goes my story and lessons learnt: I’m from Odisha and living here for the last 7 years…After over a struggle of over 2 years, 4 RTI’s, 1 first appeals, one 2nd appeal, one visit to CEO Office, 5 times submitted hard copies, two calls to CEO (Anil Kumar Jha), two SMSs to CEO, numerous calls to numerous agents, numerous SMSs to numerous agents, searching details everyday in the portal..finally I succeeded in getting my voter card. In fact, now, they gave me two numbers.
    Mistake I had done:- Earlier I had selected wrong constituency while filling online form…no officer will tell you to rectify…in fact they will not listen you…prepare yourself for the worst…
    Lessons learned:
    1. Always select correct constituency while filling online form http://ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in
    2. To expedite your process, immediately file a RTI…appeal…second appeals etc. if you have not received any status https://rtionline.gov.in/… It will just cost Rs 10/-
    3. In need do not heritage to call Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka Anil Kumar Jha @ 9448290830
    4. Now they have removed the contact details in http://eci-citizenservices.nic.in/…I think later they will again publish the mobile #’s of all Election officers..

  5. What if in the previous elections my name was there in the voter’s list and I had casted a vote. But is it possible to vote if my name has been deleted from voter’s list now for no reason?

  6. Pankaj Garg, your name has to be on the voter’s list for you to be eligible to vote. You need to carry an id proof if you do not have a voter’s id to the polling booth.

  7. It is the same story in every city. Educated voters somehow get ‘deleted’ from the list on the last day and God forbid if they want to get into the list, the story is similar to or worse than the one narrated above. Whoever, whether the corporator, MLA or MP is contesting an election (whether municipal, assembly or General elections) must conduct much publicised voter registration drives their ward, assembly or LS constituency, irrespective of the party loyalties of the public concerned. Otherwise, well meaning folk who want to make a difference but can simply not spare the time for repeated visits to get a voter card made will just abandon the idea n remain complacent.

  8. Surprisingly ‘easy’ on the Western front. I filled in the form online and gave it to the BBMP office on ORR, near Ambedkar Inst of Tech. They asked me to come in the first week of April. My first visit last week they said come next week. This week, I was greeted by a hall full of people sifting through 100s of ID cards in different batches trying to find themselves.
    There was a book where I was to look in first. I found my name and photo and they tore it out and said your card is here in this room. Now how do you go about finding it in 100s of cards which are being sifted through by people all over? You join the process and sift through. After a while, people started sounding familiar, those in the cards that is, and I realized I might be looking through the same batches again and again. I gave up the search in half an hour and asked him what to do. “Bangalore one” he suggested. Another “queue” there with people trying to break in or form multiple parallel queues in the same place. Eventually they gave me a printout which I had to get cut through another multitasking lady behind a counter – entering data, answering queries from people who can’t take a “no, your name is not there yet” as answer, and getting to cut my voter id. Eventually I got it done, they charge Rs. 10 and then another 10 to get it laminated outside.

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