Election authorities in Adilabad initiated steps on Monday to streamline the electoral rolls in some polling stations in Adilabad Assembly constituency where a by-election is scheduled for March 18.

The duplication software will be deployed to identify names of voters that have been doubly registered.

Returning Officer G. Ravi told The Hindu that numbers of some of the polling stations have been changed recently. However, in the case of about 250 voters the same number has been retained despite allocation of different polling station.

“All the mistakes will be rectified soon. We will forward a list of bogus or duplicate entries to presiding officers of concerned polling stations so that they can bar such voters from exercising franchise,” Mr. Ravi said.

The action came in the wake of a complaint filed by Adilabad MP Ramesh Rathod with Andhra Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwarlal with regard to bogus and duplicate entries of voters.

The complaint was faxed to the CEO and Adilabad Collector on February 17.

According to sources, Mr. Bhanwarlal is scheduled to visit Adilabad in the next few days to take stock of the situation in respect of the ensuing by-election.

The issue of registration of bogus voters will be high on his agenda during the visit.

Meanwhile, election officials have speeded up preparations for the by-election. Identification of polling stations and other related work is almost complete.

Election authorities in Adilabad initiate steps to streamline the electoral rolls in some polling stations