EC to take a decision on voting by non-EPIC holders

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Rajkot, Dec 4 (UNI) With polling for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly Elections only a week away, the Election Commission has yet to take a decision on allowing voting by those who have not got the Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) so far.

''We have not yet taken a decision to allow non-EPIC holders to cast vote,'' Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy said while responding to a question by mediapersons here.

''We are touring parts of the state and will take a decision only after that,'' he added.

Around 10 per cent of the registered electorate in the state does not having EPICs.

Election office said about 87 per cent of the electors had already been issued EPICs, while the second phase of the EPIC drive is with an objective to ensure the remaining voters are issued the cards before the elections.

Voters in rural areas have shown more interest in getting EPICs than their urban voters. As against 92 to 93 per cent of rural voters having already got election identity cards, the percentage in urban centres, mainly in Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara, ranges between 80 to 85 per cent.

As per the election rules, it is mandatory for eligible voters to have an EPIC while casting votes on the polling day.

UNI

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