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Poll discrepancies to be eliminated soon

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All Set:Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwar Lal addressing the leaders of political parties during a review meeting in Tirupati on Tuesday.– PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR
All Set:Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwar Lal addressing the leaders of political parties during a review meeting in Tirupati on Tuesday.– PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR

When a villager comes to settle in the nearby town, he will get a new residence address and hence enrols himself as a voter. He also retains his vote in his village and casts it when he goes to his native place. This, not only undermines the efforts of the Election Commission to streamline the voters’ list, but also gives scope for misrepresentation.

“Such forms of duplication exist aplenty and the discrepancies will be eliminated soon,” announced the State Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwar Lal here on Tuesday. At a review meeting with leaders of all political parties, he informed that the computer software helped identify that a single person had enrolled himself in various districts as a voter. Such voters would be eliminated after thorough scrutiny. The list prepared by the booth-level officers would be published and given to the agents and their objections would be taken note of and the tentative list would be out by September. “After consultations with political parties, the final list would be released by January 2014,” Mr. Lal concluded.

Another anomaly brought forth at the meeting was the scattering of voters living in same or neighbouring houses to far off booths, thus causing confusion and disenchantment on the polling day. Mr. Bhanwar Lal also agreed to resolve the same. At a meeting of revenue officials later, Mr. Bhanwar Lal directed them to shed complacency in removing fake voters and enrolling eligible ones.

He asked them to check the names, going by the newly-issued door numbers. While lauding their efforts in covering 80 per cent of the voters in Tirupati constituency, he asked them to finish off the rest soon.

Former MLA (Congress) M. Venkatramana furnished to Mr. Bhanwar Lal a list of fake votes and missing BC votes in Tirupati and sought his intervention in rectifying the same, while the TDP youth wing city president K. Rajanikanth Naidu requested him to take note of the 40,000 ‘fake’ votes deliberately added into the list.


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