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DMK IT wing alleges anomalies in voters list

Complaining that there were “multiple problems” in the final voter list released by the Election Commission for the Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency, the DMK’s State IT wing secretary and MLA P.T.R. Palanivel Thiagarajan said there was scope for commotion on polling day, given the scale of last-minute deletions.

He told reporters here on Sunday that he would give a representation to the Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni to set right the anomalies at once. On a single day (December 4), the Election Commission had deleted roughly 18% of voters (approximately 48,000 voters) and released the final voter list. A booth-wise scrutiny has revealed discrepancies. Since an average of 180 voters from each booth have been summarily removed, there is a chance that at least some of them were genuine voters who should not have been removed, he said.

‘Due process not followed’

“When they had enough time to conduct the bypoll in R.K. Nagar after High Court’s intervention [since the earlier one was cancelled in the constituency], the official machinery could have ensured better compliance in the preparation of final voters list and avoided errors,” he noted.

A glance by the IT wing members of the DMK suggested that due process had not been followed in the matter of deletion and inclusion of names. For example, he said, a voter whose name had been deleted in the R.K. Nagar constituency should not appear in the booth rolls at all. However, the officials have just used a ‘watermark seal’ - DELETED - against the name of the voter, but left the name in the rolls. Verification by DMK campaigners, as well as complaints received by the DMK workers in many areas, revealed several voters still residing in the constituency with valid ID cards have been deleted.

Given the scale of deletions, the never-before-used design for printing booth rolls, as well as clearly demonstrable errors of both deletion and inclusion, he said he would make a representation to the CEO on Monday to take a few steps that could greatly reduce the risk of problems during polling.

The official machinery could have ensured better compliance in the preparation of final voters list and avoided errors,P.T.R. Palanivel ThiagarajanDMK IT wing