Pune Bishop writes to change polling date

March 17, 2014 by  
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Bishop Thomas DabrePune,  March 17, 2014: The day coincides with Maundy Thursday, an important day commencing the Easter services in Christian calendar, the bishop said.

Bishop Thomas Dabre of Pune has written to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday, urging him to ask the chief election commissioner to change the city’s polling date from April 17.

The day coincides with Maundy Thursday, an important day commencing the Easter services in Christian calendar, the bishop said.

The bishop said several polling staff are Christians who have to observe the holy day. “Also, in Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka, several polling booths are in schools and institutions run by the church and our places of worship are located on the same premises. Polling activities in these places would interfere with the religious services,” the letter said.

The appeal to Chavan comes a day after Bishop Dabre sent a letter to the chief election commissioner in New Delhi requesting for a change in polling date in western Maharashtra.

A five-member team, including Diago Almeida, president of the Catholic Association of Poona, met resident deputy collector (Pune district) Suresh Jadhav on Friday.

“The officer has assured us of a solution,” Almeida said. Almeida pointed out that as many as six schools which have churches attached would be affected by polling on Maundy Thursday.

“Even barricading the polling area from the church services will not help as there is a huge turnout of Christians on the day. Given the tight security required for transporting the electronic voting machines and other issues, it will be difficult for the polling teams to vacate the premises in time for evening Mass,” he said.

– times of india

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