A preliminary report on the missing names from the voters' list in Pune has come as a huge relief for the state election commission, which is under the scanner for deletion of lakhs of names from the electoral rolls in Mumbai.
The inquiry report of the Pune collector's office has found only 1,200 names missing from the rolls against the claims of over a few lakh names going missing. The officials are hopeful that the inquiry in the Mumbai's case will throw out similar results.
"We are in the process of analysing the preliminary report submitted by Pune collector's office, which has found only 1,200 genuine cases of missing names in its first draft report against the claims of collectors and media who without corroborating the facts claimed that lakhs of names are missing from the voters' list," said a senior election officer.
The election commission officers claim that they are expecting a repeat of the same in Mumbai too. "There is a lot of difference in hype and reality. Lets see how many people claiming to be missing approach us with an appeal," another officer added.
Sources in the EC explained that the office maintains records of each and every deletion undertaken by it. Therefore, voters who claim that their names are missing can find an appeal in the collector's office to check the reason for deletion, if any. The process to register an appeal has already started in Mumbai.
Both Mumbai and Pune saw major uproar over missing names during the recent Lok Sabha polls. In both the cities, residents as well as political parties staged protests and filed repeated complaints with the EC over missing names of voters.
Election Commissioner HS Brahma admitted to lapses in the election procedure and apologised for missing names in the voters' list across the country.