JAMMU, Sept 1: Delegation of Bharatiya Janata Party Kashmir Displaced District (BJPKDD) under the leadership of Chand Jee Bhat district president
called on Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir at Civil Secretariat here and apprised him about the difficulties and impediments that the Kashmiri displaced voters are facing in exercising their right to vote, and sought its early redressal. They also submitted memorandum to him.
The delegation appealed the CEO for simplification of voting procedures for Kashmir migrants and strengthened the Jammu election unit for migrants. The delegation demanded that M-Form process be abolished henceforth in respect of migrants voters because it is cumbersome, with the result voters gets disinterested and voting percentage goes down.
They further said that more number of polling booths be established in near future in Jammu, Udhampur and Delhi NCR, as and when elections are declared in Jammu and Kashmir.
They further demanded that polling stations be established in other States also, which includes Mumbai, Pune, Bangaluru and Chandigarh, where majority of Kashmir displaced community members are residing.
The delegation stressed that voter ID cards and inclusion of new voters may be done at Election Office Jammu, instead of Kashmir which was previous practice.
The delegation also demanded that voter lists be made available in Hindi and English also, because majority of voters are Hindi knowing and copy of voter lists be kept available in Relief and Rehabilitation Commissioner Jammu’s Office for the public.
The correction and rectification of voter lists be processed at Jammu Election Office, instead of Kashmir. Further they stated that BLOs may be posted in Jammu. They should be given the responsibility of migrant voter updation, correction, inclusions and election related matters.
The delegation stressed that voter lists of 1988 be made available to the Kashmir displaced community, as it is required for applying for EWS certificates for migrant students and youths.
The Chief Electoral Officer assured the delegation that their suggestions will be considered.
The other members of delegation were Anil Dhar senior leader, H.K.Razdan and Sanjay Bhat general secretaries, Rajeev Pandita district spokes person and Vimal Raina district election incharge.