You need a voters card… but how?

17 Apr

Voting might be your fundamental right. However getting on the voting list isn’t.

Veena Shivanna has this to narrate:

It’s been almost 6 months since I moved to Mysore. My regular habits of going through news paper, browsing blogs have been helping me to know more about Bangalore in a daily manner.

 Well, who doesn’t know about the elections and all the woes around it. This is been the third time we are submitting Form 6 for getting names added to the voter’s list in Bangalore. Finally downloaded the form from the website (http://ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in) and got them submitted to the corporation office ( my husband got to go there for the first time for the whole of his life and he had to discover the route this time)!

Finally the first list of the voters had our names. More than that was I could check it on the website. That was fantastic.

So the next step was to get our photo identity cards. I have been watching the national news, following news paper to know the dates and venues though I was less privileged to travel to Bangalore. Well, this Sunday coincided with our son’s first visit to our Bangalore house and certainly a good day to get our photo identity cards!!!

Around 3pm was when I got to know that we need to travel to a place called Neelasandra (TOI had a mention that Shanthinagar constituency people got to go there)… It was after great pleading after which the whole family agreed to travel (along with the new entrant of the family…)

With the address provided in the news paper and the acknowledgement chits in hand, We drove down till the point which we knew and enquired few auto drivers about the place where we had to go to. The ‘ShanthiNiketan Primary school’.

It was near Bazaar Street, amidst mutton stalls, steel shops and the rest, we parked our car on the street and there was a small road (??) to get in to the school premises. It was a literally a burning afternoon, we walked in around few meters and as we neared the location we saw lot of people coming out from there.

It was a shock when we got in there, just like a “santhe” (village market) and no better than a “kuri mande” (sheep market). It looked like people had just gathered there with lot of Queues woven inside.

No boards. No signs, Nothing. Everybody was enquiring with everyone else without actually knowing what to do next. One of the persons standing near said – one needs to stand in Queue X to check if the name was in the voting list and then go to Queue Y to get the photo identity card! GOD Damn it was almost 150 people standing there in a line. We thought it was best to go back.

Me, posing like a responsible citizen knelt down to do some thing before just getting back. So I went little bit inside and I got to see a person-carrying-a-walky-talky and two police constables controlling around 300 people there (2 Queues around 150 each). I requested that person to exempt me from standing in the Q because of my 5 month old son.  That person just replied like this….

Madam, naaLe banni.. beLigge TV 9 nalli cover maadidaare nodi, alli ella timings details heLthaare nodkondu banni.. naavu ille irtheevi!

I questioned, naaLe ambedkar jayanthi raja ilva?? He was puzzled and replied illa banni irtheevi

I was talking to that person and one lady from back started pulling me. Queue nalli ninthkollri naavella estond hottinda kaaykondideevi.. I requested that lady, chikka magu ide swalpa taaLri.. she said

Namgu sanna magu ide, maneli biTTu bandideevi.. I said, sari naanu hogtheeni ondu nimisha…

I went back to the end of the Q where our rest of the family members were standing and took their acknowledgement slips to enquire further. With all those huge rush, I somehow “managed to” get-in there. I handed over the slips to the person. Only 3 people to handle 300 people (GOD save them)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And here is our conversation(Verbatim)

He : idu Cambridge Road Halasur.. illi barilla…

Me : nammadu Shanthi nagar constituency, TOI nalli koTTide Shanthinagar constituency ille

He: adu sari madam, aadre Ward no 69 maatra illi issue maadthirodu.. nimmadu aa ward alla

Me : ayyo papernalli ward mention maadilla, swalpa nodi

He : naaLe paper nodi, detail aagi kottirthaare (another version of à Just get lost from here)

Me: nammadu yaava ward antha hege gottagodu?

He : adu Ward no 70.. naaLe paper nalli nodi

Me : naaLe mathe barokke aagolla, bere yelli hogbeku…

He : Ayyo ond sala heLidre gottagalva? naaLe paper nodi, TV 9 nodi adralli converage ide

Me : (Getting restless), enri neevu heege heLidre…

He : sumne namma tale tinnabeDi , hogi..

Me : (Got little wild), enu haage heLidre

The next person sitting : sumne tondre kodbedri, avaru patient …

 

Me : nimma kelsa adu, tondre andre hege? Nimma kelsa maadodu nimma karthavya…

Useless govt idu.. etc., I raise my tone and my husband comes and advices to get back…..

 

I wonder how I lost my temper at that moment, but it was such a horrible experience… Voting, elections are such big affairs to select our leaders and nobody is bothered to streamline the process of getting the voting cards which enables to vote, GOD save this country and people like us …

 

Leaders, please tell us.

1)       Do you think we can vote if this is the situation?

2)       Is being responsible citizen total madness?

3)       Isn’t it possible to outsource this to some decent set of people?

4)       Instead of spending money for all other affairs, can’t you stream line this one? Or spend some money on this?

 
Now I know why many of the educated mass do not Vote… SIGH!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

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21 Responses to “You need a voters card… but how?”

  1. Chitra April 17, 2008 at 11:45 am #

    At the beginning of the write-up, I got a glimpse of how this was going to go, and I just don’t have it in me to read through this now. Will come back when I am better prepared. 🙂

    PS: Hate it when the common man has to go through the many hassles!

  2. Vijay April 17, 2008 at 11:49 am #

    @Chitra: lol.. net net Veena was essentially shunted out of there by a combination of the crowd and unhelpful staff…

  3. vinay April 17, 2008 at 1:55 pm #

    As much as I feel bad for Veena , look at the brighter side, some one near Cambridge road spoke Kannada ….wont u agree its a miracle 🙂

  4. Vijay April 17, 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    @Vinay: lol… agreed that it is indeed

  5. Gowri April 17, 2008 at 2:58 pm #

    I pity Veena for going through this. But, it is amazing that there were 300 people in the line meaning that they all are very interested in voting.

    Maybe those guys behind the counter have no clue either. Many wont. They just sit there and do what they are told to do mechanically. I wish they would just confess that they dont know instead of asking people to leave.

  6. Veena April 17, 2008 at 4:04 pm #

    @Vinay, there are some percentage of kannadigas there 🙂 Well point to be noted!
    @Gowri, Almost all of them were wearing burkas, so I couldn’t see them to understand.. 🙂 Also the voters card can be used as Identity card and Address proof, Another reason to get that one 🙂

    @Vijay – Thanks ree, for posting it.

  7. M O H A N April 18, 2008 at 4:03 am #

    Veena,
    What an expected experience. We have been seeing similar reports on daily basis. If getting a voter id card is so tough imagine actual voting.

    None of the leaders are worth voting. The guy proposed by one of the CLEAN image party had his house raided by income tax but still offers smiling face with folded hands – hope he is not hiding public money there.

    Strongly feel that govenment should do this exercise properly rather than on adhoc basis. Voting is a primary right and theEC should allow irrespecitve of id card to vote. what are PAN, drivingl licences for – are they fake too?

  8. Keshava Chandra R April 18, 2008 at 6:51 am #

    I understand the pain Veena. I’ve to appreciate your effort carrying a 5 month old baby and being a responsible citizen. I’m with you. Its natural to loose temper. Everywhere we find such people and process. Bad system/people were there in Lord Krishna’s period as well and its no different even today 🙂 But this stupid people/system shoudn’t make us bad. If we educated only can’t understand this and make consistent effort to improve it, then who will do it? When it’ll happen? I’ve also seen in news paper similar chaos at Uttarahalli, my place. But still it didn’t stop me. I’ll go and try again. Its our right, and if we dont get it, someone else will steal and do proxy. Change is possible only when we, educates are consistant.

  9. praneshachar April 18, 2008 at 9:02 am #

    hats off to veena for the effort in vain making all in house to agree to go and at the end you had a horrible experience. This ID cards are being issued for long period and now naturally election fever and most in the crowd are brought by some political party. as they know they can not vote. but like earlier elections they may finally say some other proof also will be xpected. Your constituency also matters and as u have indicagted most of them are in burrkha it is clear. they are the people who vote 100% .
    COMING TO OTHER POINT MY ACCOUNTS OFFICER ALSO WENT WITH HER 4 MONTHS BABY FROM HERE AT 2.30 PM AND CAME AND SHOWED THE CARD TO ME NEXT DAY WITH SMILES SHE HAD TO STAND FROM 3 TO 5 AND FINALLY GOT IT. AND SHE WAS GUIDED PROPERLY AND WAS INFORMED ABOUT HOLIDAY PHONE NO. WAS GIVEN TO HER TO CONFIRM AND COME SO I WAS HAPPY FOR THE COMMITTMENT AND SUCCESS SHE GOT.
    VEENA HOPE U WILL NOT MISS VOTING IF IT IS IN THE VOTERS LIST JUST BECAUSE U DONT HAVE ID CARD. HOPE THEY WILL ALLOW WITH OTHER ID PROOF THIS TIME ALSO.
    WE ALL TOOK ONE YEAR BACK WHEN CAMPS WERE ARRANGED AND WE HAD AS EASY TIME IN GETING IT AND NOW IT IS USEFUL FOR US WHENEVER WE ARE BOOKING E TICKETS AS A PROOF. BOTH MY DAUGHTERS WILL EXERCISE THEIR FANCHISE FIRST TIME IN THIS ELECTIONS.

  10. some body April 18, 2008 at 10:37 am #

    “Voting might be your fundamental right. However getting on the voting list isn’t…”

    executive summary:

    voting: fundamental right
    getting on the voting list: fundamental wrong.

    – s.b.

  11. Vijay April 18, 2008 at 1:16 pm #

    @sb 🙂

  12. Veena April 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm #

    @MOHAN – Hmm, lets wait and watch.. atleast this time, people would consider to vote for a good leader. 🙂

    @KC – Thanks for the encouraging words, I am glad that it did make a difference, Good Luck

    @Pranesh – We had infact went to that camp last year, then we were told our names were not in the list and we had to get them added first:-). Congrats to your A/c officer.
    Do they allow us to vote if we dont have a voters id?

    @ sb – You are your punch lines, where were you all these days, don’t get to see you in blogsphere!

    All, pls visit http://www.ravireddy.com .. Feels good to see one bright/educated guy contesting elections. All Jayanagar/BTM layout constituency folks pls do see if you can vote for this guy!

  13. Veena April 18, 2008 at 4:02 pm #

    sorry the link is http://www.ravikrishnareddy.com/

  14. praneshachar April 19, 2008 at 2:47 am #

    veena
    In the last two elections they have allowed with other identitiy like dl, passport etc.,
    as now the entire issue of ID cards seems to be getting into trouble with lot of people going back I feel they must allow that lot of people who are not having ID cards with some other identity proof. let us wait and see how election commissions views it. any how if their web site permits for some mails on this we all can put requests on behalf of all like veena & family. hope u will have a chance to vote. all the best

  15. ramsblog April 19, 2008 at 2:01 pm #

    Good to know there was a “queue” – my brother and I were riding a bike in Byatarayanapura (mysore road) the other day and noticed a crowd. I asked him – “idhenu ishtondhu jana, nyaaya bele angadeena?” He said, “illa – alli voters card kodthidhaare”. Those smaller roads were pretty much blocked.

  16. Veena April 22, 2008 at 7:08 am #

    Did someone hear me..? Thanks for that.

    http://www.bangalorevoterid.org/

  17. sandeep April 29, 2008 at 3:05 pm #

    which is the website to check if our names exist in the voter id list?

  18. Vijay April 30, 2008 at 6:50 am #

    @Sandeep: Try the URL that Veena has sent.. theres a link there to check your names

  19. chetana Teerthahalli May 10, 2008 at 3:23 am #

    A big Hmmmmmm……
    What more I can say!?
    🙂

    – Chetana

  20. Veena October 16, 2008 at 7:58 pm #

    The Jaage Re initiative from Janaagraha and Tata Tea sounds promising.
    http://www.janaagraha.org/node/2215

  21. deepak July 16, 2010 at 2:46 am #

    were i should go to get voter id

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