After having walked over two kilometres to polling station no. 122 in Mundka, 77-year-old Roshan Lal and his wife Maya Devi (72) were extremely disappointed to find their names deleted from the electoral rolls.
“We have never missed casting our votes. We exercised our franchise in the municipal elections, but now they have deleted our names. I went to the Returning Officer as well, but he also expressed helplessness right away. I was carrying a voters’ identity card, an Aadhar Card and a Delhi Transport Corporation pass, still they did not allow me to vote. I have served in the Border Security Force for more than 14 years, how can they do this to me?” said Mr. Lal.
According to the agent at the polling station, the names of 110 electorates were deleted from the electoral rolls though more than half of them had turned up to vote.
“It is surprising that such a large number of voters’ names has been deleted without proper care. It is criminal to delete the names of such enthusiastic voters from the rolls,” said the agent on the condition of anonymity.
A couple at a polling station in Block C of Mangolpuri could not cast their vote due to the same reason.
“We cast our votes in the previous election, but our names have been deleted this time round. I don’t know how this has happened. I have been residing at the same address for the past many years,” said daily wager Rajesh.
“We also had two instances where voters were carrying voters’ ID cards, but their names were found deleted from the rolls. In one of the cases, the name of an unmarried woman was found deleted. In another, the name of one of the four members of a family was found deleted. Also, there were instances where electorates were staying in one polling station area and their names were found in a different polling station,” said Sanjay, a polling agent at Block D of Mangolpuri.