Delhi

41% entries in voters’ list erroneous

FOR DAILY:COIMBATORE 29/09/2011.
Electronic Voting Machines kept in a state of readiness in Coimbatore on Thursday for the forthcoming local body elections.
Photo:M.Periasamy (Digital).

FOR DAILY:COIMBATORE 29/09/2011. Electronic Voting Machines kept in a state of readiness in Coimbatore on Thursday for the forthcoming local body elections. Photo:M.Periasamy (Digital).

As many as 41 per cent of entries of voter details in the electoral roll of Delhi has some error, according to a study carried out by Janaagraha, a not-for-profit organisation.

The quality of lists study (QoL), part of the efforts by Janaagraha to improve the accuracy of voters’ lists in India’s urban centres, was conducted in Delhi just before the 2015 Assembly elections. The study throws light on some startling facts that question the authenticity of the voters’ list of Delhi.

According to a statement by Janaagraha, the research based on a sample of citizens, who existed on Delhi’s list, found that 41 per cent of these entries included one of a range of errors. The most errors found were in the addresses in the list (46.2 per cent), followed by errors in the name of the voters (29 per cent), relatives’ name (28.5 per cent), and age (9.5 per cent).

Eleven per cent of all the addresses could not be located on ground and 21 per cent of sampled citizens, who were on the list, had shifted to another location. The survey also reveals that 49 per cent were not registered in different polling stations and 28 per cent were registered elsewhere in Delhi.

The survey was carried out in eight Assembly constituencies – R.K. Puram, Palam, Gandhi Nagar, Rohini, Trinagar, Sangam Vihar, Okhla and Gokalpur. A total of 3,264 respondents were surveyed. The study hints at potential deletions and omissions in Delhi’s electoral rolls of a large magnitude.

The study notes that most of the errors that have crept into the list is because of the intra-city movement of voters, which even if done in the same area, sometimes means that the polling booth of the voter changes. The details of change of address are often not carried out.

The study, however, mentions that most of the errors appear as singularities spread across the city and not in bunches, making it difficult for these to be exploited or taken advantage of. Although this means that the lists are unclean, the impact on electoral outcomes and malpractices such as bogus voting, require investigation, Janaagraha said.

The report says despite the errors, only two per cent respondents found it difficult to cast their vote during the Delhi Assembly elections.

What is alarming is the fact that 12 per cent of the respondents are not even registered in the electoral rolls. This is despite the fact that the Delhi Electoral Office has carried out extensive voter awareness programmes before the Assembly elections.

survey was conducted in eight Assembly segments and 3,264 respondents were surveyed


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