To accomplish the task of providing Electoral Photo Identity Cards (EPIC) to all the eligible voters of city, officers of Mysore City Corporation (MCC) have begun visiting residences of voters to collect Form-8 issued earlier and also to photograph the voters.

Incidentally, the campaign had begun sometime ago. Form-8, seeking corrections and clarifications of personal data, was distributed to 1.7 lakh voters; but only 1.16 lakh have been retrieved with photographs of voters. Pressure is mounting on the MCC from the Election Commission of India to provide EPIC to all voters, said AC Thimmappa.

Thimmappa said the last date to return the filled-in form has been extended till July 13 with Corporation Officers including Assistant Commissioners, Revenue Officers and Block Officers personally visiting the houses to collect the forms and photograph the voters. It is learnt that the voters are either negligent or ignorant of EPIC.

Sources said that the womenfolk in household were reluctant to get photographed. The officers were hence seen making all possible efforts to convince the voters and obtain the forms with photographs.

It is learnt that the city has 6.3 lakh eligible voters and only 3.8 lakh of them are in possession of EPICs and the huge shortfall has to be bridged now.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore