The AOA of the Supertech Capetown, Sector 74, Noida has written a letter to the district administration to set up polling booths within society premises. The residents of Gautam Budh Nagar have geared up to support their local
representatives in the upcoming assembly election on February 10. However, there remains a fear of the spread of Covid-19.
Cape Town arguably is the largest residential group housing society in Noida, where a total of 4,419 flats are occupied with a population of around 25,000. In the last parliamentary elections of 2019, Capetown society registered more than 73 per cent polling.
Arun Sharma AOA President of the society says, "Motivating residents to come out of their homes and vote, in this Covid pandemic situation, would become further difficult if we have irregularities in polling booths. With a population of 25,000 residents and more than 5,000 voters, we must have polling booths inside our society."
Currently, voters from Capetown have five polling stations scattered in an area of one to seven kilometres namely Primary School in village Sarfabad, Primary School village Sorkha, Shemrock School Sector 78,
Manthan School sector 78, and Billabong High School Sector 34.
Sharma says, "Another inconvenience is that separate polling stations are assigned for 2 voters in the same family. For me, the polling station is Primary school village Sarfabad and for my wife, the polling station is in Shemrock School Sector 78."
Sharma concludes, "Highrise housing societies have a very good infrastructure of community halls (clubs) which can be made into polling stations/booths for society voters at their doorstep. I request our DM to make polling
booths in community centres inside the highrise societies which have more than 500 voters."
Ajay Pandey (44), a resident of the society says, "Having more than 25,000 population, it is very important to install polling stations in our society. This will save our time. Most of the family members have different polling stations which makes it difficult. Many people do not vote because of these reasons."