Bengaluru: Center For Research and Debates in Development Policy (CRDDP) New Delhi has launched mobile phone app for about 18 lakh Muslims in Karnataka whose names are either missing from the voter list or they don't have the voter ID cards issued in their name.
“According to new voter list released by the Karnataka government, there are about 18 lakh Muslims who don’t have voter ID cards or their names are missing from the list. Voter ID card is a compulsory documents in the absence of which Muslims without voter ID card will not ne able to vote”, Khalid Saifullah, COO of CRDDP said.
“At the moment (till 9thMarch 2018) CRDDP has completed data analysis of 3 assembly constituencies namely Shivajinagar (Bengaluru), Hubli East and Kolar and found 23,453 households having adults without voter ID cards.
“Census 2011 data (Household series–HH-01) suggests that only 4.3% of households have a household size of one voter in Shivajinagar. But CRDDP data extracts from Election Commission Electoral Rolls found that 8,795 households have only one registered voter, which is almost 43% of all registered Muslim voters”, Khalid said.
“With the help of volunteers and a bare minimum support staff, we are trying to ensure that we reach all households which have more than one voter and get them registered. This is their fundamental right,” he said.
The Center For Research and Debates in Development Policy (CRDDP) is a research institute founded by Dr Abusaleh Shariff who was a member of Justice Sachar Committee.
Khalid Saifullah further said that the CRDDP has launched a mobile phone Android App “Muslim Voters’ to help the Muslims who don’t have the voter ID card. The app can either be downloaded from the website missingmuslimvoters.com or by following the simple steps given below.
- Give a miss call at 8099683683
- You will be replied with a link of the ‘Muslim Voters’ app on your phone
- Download and install the app
- Register your name mention the area and assembly constituency
- Fill in the details of voters in your neighborhood who don’t have voter ID card and submit
- CRDDP team members will coordinate and get the voter ID card issued
Karnataka is currently being ruled by the Congress which has a total of 113 MLAs in the house of 224. The BJP has 44 Members whereas Janata Dal (S) had 40 MLAs. The 2013 Karnataka elections were held on May 05.
The current tenure of Karnataka assembly will end on May 28, 2018. As per rules the assembly election will have to be held and new house constituted before May 29. It is expected that the Election Commission of India will release the schedule of the Karnataka 2018 election around 15th of April. The most likely date of Karnataka polls is first week of May and voting for all the 224 seats is likely to be held on the same day.
According to 2011 Census of India, 84% of the population in Karnataka are Hindu, 12.9% are Muslim, 1.9% are Christian, 0.7% are Jains, 0.2% are Buddhist, some 0.1% are Sikhs, and remaining belong to other religions. Karnataka is also the location of some of tribes like, Nayaka, Soliga, and Yerava.
Since Muslims are second largest group in Karnataka, all political parties are concerned about their voting pattern. Some are working to grab their votes and some other are trying to divide their votes. Hence it is a matter of concern if more than 18 lakh Muslims do not have voter ID cards.
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