Staff Correspondent

Four Election Commission teams carried out the exercise from January 18

There were 30,000 bogus names in the two constituencies

Names of many genuine voters were missing from the list

KOLAR: Taking serious note of the abnormal increase in the number of voters, the Election Commission of India has carried out a thorough verification of the voter list to remove bogus names in Srinivaspur and Mulbagal Assembly constituencies in Kolar district.

Under the supervision of Rajendra Narendra Nimje, Additional Chief Electoral Officer of Andhra Pradesh, four teams took up the verification exercise from January 18 to January 22.

Though G. Ramachandra, Deputy Commissioner and District Electoral Officer of Kolar, said that “it is the prerogative of the Election Commission to make random verification of voter list in any constituency and it was a normal process undertaken in two constituencies of the district,” importance was attached to the special exercise by the commission. The commission had initially directed Mr. Nimje to form special teams for verification of rolls in Krishnaraja, Chamaraja, Narasimharaja and Chamundeshwari constituencies. It included Srinivaspur and Mulbagal segments for verification later. The teams consisting of two officers each and assisted by local authorities undertook the exercise to find out bogus and non-resident voters.

According to an estimate, there were 30,000 bogus voters in these two constituencies. These bogus voters, the highest out of the approximately 33 lakh such voters in the State, reportedly emerged during the urban local bodies elections last year.

The commission acted swiftly to revise the voter list and remove bogus names. Part numbers 1 to 158 of Srinivaspur and part numbers 1 to 202 of Mulbagal constituencies were subjected to random scrutiny.

During their visit to the areas where the alleged bogus voters’ menace was rampant, the special teams spotted glaring discrepancies in the lists. While the names of many genuine voters were missing, names of scores of people who have vacated their rented houses still found place in the lists. The special officers took measures to delete such names and include the missing ones.

One of the special teams particularly noticed abnormally enlarged voters list in Mulbagal town municipality limits during the last polls to the local body. It visited Darga Mohalla, Mujavar Mohalla, Jog Palya, Sundar Palya and several villages bordering Andhra Pradesh. The special teams also detected many names of persons residing in Bangalore in the voter lists of these areas. The teams removed such names from the lists, it is learnt.

The teams adopted the same measures in both the constituencies. The Election Commission’s action has shocked many aspirants, irrespective of their affiliations, as it is expected to affect the pattern of franchise.

Mr. Nimje is said to have submitted a report to the Election Commission.