Afshan Yasmeen

Of the 2,000 residents of an area, only one is eligible to vote

BANGALORE: Chanappa H.V., a resident of HAL 2nd Stage, is privileged. Of more than 2,000 residents of the 7th, 8th and 11th Mains in this well-developed layout, he is the only person who can cast his vote in the coming elections. That is because the voters’ list displayed in booth number 260 of HAL 2nd Stage has only one name.

In booth number 259 of Indiranagar 3rd Stage, two vacant sites are shown as the residence of four non-existing people. And the name of the person who actually owns the site is missing, though he resides next door.

These and other glaring errors have been found by members of Lok Paritran while verifying the voters’ list in Varathur Assembly constituency. Representatives of several residents’ welfare organisations have taken up a campaign in Ramamurthynagar, Indiranagar and surrounding areas on a pilot basis to help the citizens check if their names are correctly entered in the electoral list, enrol the missing names, and identify their booths.

“We were shocked to find such glaring errors in the list. In booth number 55 of Ramamurthynagar, names of 13 voters have been repeated. The names are slightly changed to ensure there is no suspicion. Nagaraja is made Nagaraju, Kiran is made Kirana and Naveen is made Naveena without changing the name of the parents and residential address.

This clearly indicates the gross negligence by officials while preparing the list,” B.T. Naganna of Lok Paritran said.

A.V. Shama Rao, president of the Ramamurthynagar Residents Welfare Association, pointed out that the classification of areas in booths was done haphazardly.

Mr. Naganna pointed out that voters in Indiranagar, Thippasandra, Kodihalli, HAL 2nd and 3rd Stages and Jeevanbimanagar did not know whether their names were present in the list or where their booths were. “Many people said that they had submitted the voter enrolment form more than once and yet their names were not in the list,” he said.

“When Keshava Murthy of Indiranagar approached the Assistant Revenue Officer (ARO) to have his name included in the list of voters, he was asked to get his ration card even though he had all the documents necessary to have his application accepted. When he took the ration card to the ARO, he was told to bring two introducers.

Instead of facilitating and helping the citizens, the officials are only trying to create problems and harass them,” Mr. Naganna said.

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