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Migrant KPs unaware of changing voting pattern
Forms for postal ballot not submitted
10/10/2018 10:33:04 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Oct 10: The government's sudden decision of asking migrant Kashmiri Pandits to vote in Urban Local Bodies (ULB) and Panchayat elections in their respective areas in the Valley after deleting their names in voter lists and changing the M-Form pattern to postal ballot has created a confusion among the displaced community.
According to sources, over 90 percent of displaced KPs are unaware of the decision and hence they could not fill up their forms for postal ballot before October 1 which was the last date for the same.
The migrants who filled up the forms after completion of last date were not entertained in ARO's Office. This way over 90 percent migrants could not qualify for casting their votes through postal ballot.
Criticising the newly adopted system, Deepak Koul, a migrant, said that they fully backed the government decision but at the same time a proper procedure needed to be adopted for the same.
However, every thing was done in haste, with the result majority of displaced people were deprived of casting their vote in ULB elections.
Holding state election authorities responsible for the same, migrants said this was done deliberately by some top officials of the election department who wanted to make the boycott call of the NC and the PDP a success. "Had not been it so, unnecessary hurdles should have not been created for migrants in casting their vote," the migrants said.
They were of the opinion of holding a thorough probe into the matter to ascertain who are the people in the election department who created hurdles to migrants in casting their vote.
The migrants also warned that such a procedure should not be adopted during the Panchayat elections in the state.
Some KP bodies have also decided to submit a memorandum to Governor Satya Paul Malik in this regard.
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