Monday, 6 February 2012

You can vote in civic poll using ration card as ID

The state government has permitted the use of ration cards as voter IDs for the February 16 civic elections.The administration issued a government resolution to this effect on Saturday.It is applicable for the February 7 zilla parishad polls as well.
In June 2011,the food and civil supplies department had barred the use of ration cards as proofs of residence for various purposes including elections.The relaxation for the civic polls came on an insistence from the state election commission.The departments deputy secretary BB Parkhi clarified that the use of ration cards as identity proof would only be permitted for election and voting purposes.
Ration cards,primarily meant for the distribution of food grains and other essential commodities at subsidized rates from fair price shops,continue to be used as documentary proof to establish the residential address of a person or a family for various transactions.The state government wants to discourage this,since ration card possession does not establish the legality or the status of a person or familys residence.
The poll panels additional chief secretary Chand Goel said,A sizeable number of voters do not possess any photo ID.In the absence of any other documentary proof,ration cards will permit them to exercise their right to vote.

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