Mass dele­tion of names trig­gers pub­lic out­rage

■ Dis­ap­pointed vot­ers re­ject apol­ogy by CEO Ra­jat Ku­mar

Deccan Chronicle - - City - COREENA SUARES

■ The EC has still not fig­ured out what led to large-scale dele­tion of names.

■ It ap­pears that some me­thod­i­cal and mer­ci­less chop­ping of the elec­toral rolls has taken place, says a voter.

■ Com­plaints poured in from Goshama­hal, Malka­j­giri, Chan­drangutta, Yakut­pura and Ju­bilee Hills.

Dis­ap­point­ment, anger and frus­tra­tion con­tin­ued to brew among those who could not vote on Fri­day as their names went miss­ing from the re­vised list. The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion has still not fig­ured out what led to such largescale dele­tion of names.

The dis­ap­pointed vot­ers de­manded a jus­ti­fi­ca­tion, Fri­day’s apol­ogy of Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer Ra­jat Ku­mar was un­ac­cept­able, they said.

The names of Col. M.A. Prasad (re­tired) and his fam­ily, res­i­dents of Shaili Gar­de­nia, Yapral, were deleted from the list. “My fam­ily of three voted in the last two elec­tions and we are in pos­ses­sion of valid Voter ID cards. Our names did not fig­ure in the list. It ap­pears that some me­thod­i­cal and mer­ci­less chop­ping of the elec­toral rolls has taken place.

The CEO keeps giv­ing false as­sur­ances to the courts and pub­lic,” the for­mer Army of­fi­cer said.

“There was not a sin­gle ad­ver­tise­ment in any news­pa­per ed­u­cat­ing the gen­eral pub­lic about ver­i­fi­ca­tion of elec­toral rolls for their names and method­ol­ogy for cor­rec­tion,” he said.

He said, “There is a de­lib­er­ate at­tempt to delete vot­ers’ names. Oth­er­wise, how can the names of peo­ple who are in pos­ses­sion of Voter ID cards and have voted the last two times, be miss­ing from the list? The courts should at least have per­mit­ted all those with valid Voter ID cards to vote af­ter not­ing their par­tic­u­lars.”

There was a com­plaint that the courts got car­ried away by the “lies” of the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion. There was a de­mand for the state brought un­der a neu­tral body com­pris­ing the Gov­er­nor, High Court Chief Jus­tice and Chief Elec­toral Of­fi­cer three months be­fore the elec­tions.

Com­plaints on miss­ing names in large num­bers poured in from Goshama­hal, Malka­j­giri, Chan­drangutta, Yakut­pura and Ju­bilee Hills. Res­i­dents staged a protest at Malka­j­giri.

Ms Su­guna Ku­mari who protested at Cir­cle of­fice 108 of the GHMC de­manded a death cer­tifi­cate to claim her in­sur­ance as her name was miss­ing from the voter list. She al­leged that the GHMC had de­lib­er­ately re­moved her name.

The names of care­taker min­is­ter Etala Ra­jen­dra’s fa­ther Mal­la­iah and sis­ter Pu­lamma were miss­ing from the list.

“Names of vot­ers who reap­plied or en­rolled anew were miss­ing. The names of peo­ple which were on the list a few weeks ago were deleted. How is this elec­tion valid,” asked Mr Ki­ran Ku­mar Goli.

Many peo­ple com­plained of the poor ar­range­ments. Ms Nam­rata Sad­hvani said, “I was able to vote af­ter run­ning around for two hours from booth to booth, try­ing to find the

cor­rect polling booth. Au­thor­i­ties were of very lit­tle or no help, traf­fic po­lice­men were un­aware of the lo­ca­tion of polling booths. It was ex­tremely dis­cour­ag­ing.”

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