ANDHRA PRADESH

Software glitch dogs photo electoral rolls

Special Correspondent



Software not registering deleted voters’ names

Images not matching at a few places with old EPIC numbers



HYDERABAD: The preparation of photo electoral rolls in the twin cities seems to have run aground once again.

Barely have election authorities patted themselves on the back for having completed most of the house-to-house enumeration work, it has come to light that the software to prepare the rolls is causing problems.

Electoral registration officers have realised that the software was not registering the deleted voters’ names from the enumerated lists at several places in the 13 Assembly constituencies in the capital region and under Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s jurisdiction.

The same has been brought to the notice of the election authorities.

It was also found that the images of the persons were not matching at a few places and also with the old EPIC numbers.

Rectifying software

Officials are now trying to rectify the software system so as to get the draft rolls ready at least by month end.

The software has been designed by CMC and initially, it was also entrusted with the work of enumeration.

But it was abandoned midway after more than 10 per cent errors came to be reported.

The GHMC has to prepare the photo electoral rolls for more than 47.7 lakh voters in the 3,900 polling stations irrespective of whether they have a electoral photo identity card or not.

Deadline ends

House-to-house work in the Assembly constituencies of Karwan, Musheerabad and Malakpet continue to lag behind even with the deadline officially ending last week.

There are also complaints from several places that the booth level staff have not touched all the households till date even in those constituencies where the exercise was deemed to have been successful.

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