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Against claims of lakhs of names missing from voters list, collector's office data points differently

Saturday, 7 June 2014 - 7:45am IST | Agency: dna

A little over a month since Mumbaikars created much hue and cry over names being "missing" from the voter list, barely 1,500 people across the city have filed a complaint with the election commission. Interestingly, out of the 574 claimants who registered a complaint with the Island City collectors office, names of 428 were not found existing in anywhere in the records.

As per the data analysed by the collector office, it was only in 99 cases the names were found to have been deleted during the deletion process. In another 34 cases, the commission found the names to be existing in the voters list.

The sub-urban collector office that has received a total of 1013 complaints, including 216 oral complaints, is yet to analyse the data for bogus and genuine complaints.

"It is also pertinent to mention that the cases in which the voters names found in the deletion list, due process was followed before deleting their names. Maybe these people have shifted their residence and hence could not be traced," said Nitin Gadre, chief electoral officer, Maharashtra.

Maharashtra election commission received flak after the Lok Sabha polls for missing names, forcing the Election Commissioner of India, H S Brahma, to apologise.

Perhaps to not see a repeat of the past in the upcoming state elections, Sudhir Tripathi, deputy election commissioner of India, on Friday announced the start of a "special summary revision of electoral rolls" in the state.

As a first step, the commission would come out with draft electoral rolls on June 9. If you do not find your name there, then between June 9th to June 30th you can make claims or objections (inclusion, deletion, correction and change in address).

Besides that, the commission will also run a special campaign for voter registration on the last two weekends of the month i.e. June 21 & 22 and June 28& 29 (both Saturday and Sunday).

"For the convenience of working people, we have decided to hold voter registration drives on weekends. Expecting a large turnout, we have decided to employ a large amount of officers to attend to people then," said Tripathi.

The commission will dispose of the claims and objections filed by voters by July 25 and a final list of revised electoral rolls will be out on July 31, 2014.

Election commission to run a special voter registration drive on following weekends
June 21st (Saturday)
June 22nd (Sunday)
June 28th (Saturday)
June 29th (Sunday)

If you you are looking for any claim/objection (change in address, correction of spelling, etc)
Apply between June 9th to June 30th.

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