Names missing from voters’ list, mixing up of photographs, at least one case of proxy voting, members of the same family having to visit different polling centres, low to moderate turnout in parts of the city along with brisk polling in a few booths marked the elections to the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) council here on Thursday. H.V.S. Murthy, general secretary of Federation of Taxpayers’ Association, went to the polling station in ward no.11 only to discover that a “deleted” seal had been stamped across his photograph.
Attributing this to the handiwork of a few “irresponsible” officers, Mr. Murthy said their actions had dampened his interest to vote.
Similar complaints were received from across the city where names were missing from the voters’ list.
Likewise, there have been instances of members of the same family going to different polling booths in Saraswathipuram, T.K. Layout, among others, to cast their votes, while many people in the same locality who have voted in the past found their names transferred to different polling stations or, even worse, deleted. There was at least one case of proxy voting because of missing names. When the brother-in-law of Ravishankar, a senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, went to vote in ward no. 23, he found somebody had already cast the vote in his name.
The BJP activists protested against this demanding that the individual be allowed to cast a tender vote and was allowed to do so.
There was confusion over the identity of a voter in ward no.18, booth number 181. The man found a photograph of a girl against his name. But the person had his ID proof because of which he could exercise his franchise. A similar case was reported from ward no.25, booth no. 268 as well .