Q: So, why are we talking about an 2012 election NOW?
A: Simple – the voter registrations for this election will be closed by November 5th 2011. Hence the urgency.
Q: So what? I am already enrolled as a voter, have a voters card and have even voted earlier for our assembly elections.
A: No. The regular voters card will NOT be valid for voting in Graduates Constituency Election. You need to follow a separate enrollment process.
Q: Really? How is this “Graduates Constituency Election” different from other elections?
A: For a “Graduates Constiutency Election”, only a subset of pouplation are eligible to vote. Only Residents of the constituency who hold a college degree from any recognised University in India, which they received at least three years ago are eligible to vote. Basically, this is an exclusive opportunity for educated population to make a difference by electing deserving people to our legislature.
Q: Ok, you got me interested. What should I do to register myself to be able to vote in 2012 elections?
A: Follow the three simple steps below:
1. Download Form-18, print it and fill it.
2. Make a copy of your degree certificate AND address proof (such as Ration Card, regular Voter ID card, passport, driver’s license, electricity bill etc.) and self-attest them.
3. Go to your nearest BBMP office and submit these documents (take along the original degree certificate to be validated by BBMP staff).
Do note, you can submit the documents of all your family members as well.
Here is more detailed FAQ.
We would encourage ALL graudates in Bangalore to register themselves to be able to vote when the elections happen. Since the time is short, we encourage all resident welfare assocaitions to run campaigns in your complex/layout. As a part of your campaign, if you need any help with respect to having the form-18 available etc. do drop a comment below and we would be glad to co-ordinate.
You can download the Register to Vote Poster, print the same and post the same in your society’s noticeboard. Please ensure you add a volunteer’s name from your society after printing.
Raj’s idea is worth following. If not any thing else is achieved by this, a large numbers from our community making attempt to take interest in public matters, may send a message to those in control of politics.
E. Joseph Mathew
can Master’s degree holders who have passed though Karnataka Open University can apply for Graduates membershi?