BJP, Congress raise issue of omissions in voters list
Parties seek action against those responsible for anomalies in voters list
A day after polling was held for the urban local body elections in the state, both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress have complained to the State Election Commission about a large number of people deprived of exercising their franchise due to their names missing from the voters list. While the BJP has demanded a high-level inquiry and action against those responsible for names missing from voters list, the Congress has alleged that names of Congress supporters were purposely omitted from the final voter’s list. Both the national parties have alleged that the names of their supporters were missing from voters list.
The BJP state president Ajay Bhatt stated that names of numerous electors missing from the voter’s list and other anomalies are very serious matters. Demanding a high-level inquiry into this, he said that those responsible for such anomalies should be identified and action should be taken against them. Bhatt said that party leaders and activists from various parts of the state were complaining about the names of party supporters missing from the voter’s lists in various areas. In addition to this, the names of many voters were listed wrong. On the other hand, the names of underage citizens were included in the voters list. “This is a serious matter. Due to the negligence of the officers and employees concerned, a large number of voters were not able to exercise their franchise. This is against the basics of democracy and cannot be acceptable. This has caused considerable damage to the BJP. We demand from the election commissioner that this matter is treated with seriousness and a high-level inquiry be conducted. Those responsible for this should be identified and action should be taken against them. The election commission should also work out a system to prevent this from happening in the future,” said Bhatt. He further said that the Lok Sabha elections are to be held in the near future. For this purpose too all care should be taken regarding the voters list, he added.
Meanwhile, Pradesh Congress Committee vice-president Suryakant Dhasmana led a delegation which called on the state election commissioner on Monday. Submitting a memorandum, Dhasmana said that reports of names of electors missing from the voters list were received from various districts in addition to the area under the municipal corporation of Dehradun. In the MCD area, such anomalies were seen in almost every polling centre and in some wards, entire localities were omitted from the voters list. In many areas the names of voters were incomplete or wrong in the voters list, he alleged. This caused considerable dissatisfaction among the voters. Alleging that names of Congress supporters were purposely omitted from the list, he averred that about two lakh voters were not named in the voters list in the state. The voters’ list for local bodies are made under supervision of the local body commissioners and executive officers. An omission of names of voters from the list on such a large scale amounts to depriving the voters of their democratic right. The commission should take time-bound action and penalize those guilty in this matter, he stressed. read more posts…
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 | PNS | Dehradun—
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