Electors Photo Identity Card will now be delivered at your doorstep
Of the 60 lakh voters in Bangalore city, some 25 lakh do not have their voters ID card. So 10,000 officials will reach out to them between June 17 and 23 to ensure they get their cards soon.
Is your name on the voters list but you don't have the Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC)? Come June 17, volunteers of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will distribute application forms for Electronic Photo Identity Cards right at your doorstep.
Registered voters who are yet to obtain an EPIC need to fill in these bar coded forms that already consist some of their personal details, attach a recent passport size color photograph, and return them to the officials.
The EPIC card will be delivered at the doorstep within 15 days. The drive is part of BBMP’s massive campaign Epic Week that will be held from June 17 to 23, to issue EPICs to about 25 lakh residuary electors in the city.
The Chief Electoral Officer of the State, who held a meeting with the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials on Tuesday, chalked out a plan to ensure 100 per cent EPIC coverage in Bangalore city, which is among the cities with lowest coverage in southern States.
Talking to presspersons after the meeting, BBMP Commissioner Bharat Lal Meena said the officials will deliver the customized application forms to the residence of the voters during the first few days of the campaign. The officials will revisit the voters' homes after a couple of days to collect the filled applications and color passport-size photographs. The EPIC will be delivered to the voters in a fortnight from that date.
India had made it mandatory for all registered voters to hold EPIC cards. “So far, only 59% of elected voters under our jurisdiction have been issued with EPICs,” he said, adding that the figure did not hold up to the reputation of the city being the IT capital.
Ward-wise distribution teams comprising corporators, members of residents’ welfare associations and volunteers would participate in the drive. Volunteers would receive a remuneration of Rs4 for enumerating each EPIC form, Meena said, adding that residual voters would also get an opportunity to make corrections, if any, in the details.
Meena said the residents' welfare associations, non-government organizations and other such bodies and elected representatives will be roped in to reach the voters.