In view of the massive resentment over large scale discrepancies in the voter lists, it has become imperative on part of the government to look into these allegations, constitute a team to investigate and fix the responsibility on the erring officials and staff of the concerned department.
In an official handout, BJP State Spokesperson Balbir Ram Rattan said that the state unit of BJP has already expressed grave concern over the issue. He said that the party State President and other senior leaders have taken the matter with the senior officials of election authorities in the state and shared the details about various discrepancies in the voter lists.
“The seriousness of the matter can be well judged from the allegations that in many municipal wards, hundreds of names of the existing voters have been deleted; in many cases a male is mentioned as female voter; no corrections have been made despite the applications submitted well in time for the purpose; parentage & age is incorrect; residential addresses too are mentioned wrong in many cases; names of some voters from a particular ward have been shifted to adjoining or other ward”, said Balbir and added that in one such case of negligence, the name of a female Ex-Corporator has also been deleted despite the fact she is still living in the same ward. similar complaints are being received from the other districts.
BJP State Spokesperson said that the voters, whose names stood registered for decades in the voter lists are also missing and it is not just a mistake but seems to be part of some conspiracy hatched at the behest of some political parties, who want to regain their ground.It is not possible without the active involvement of the officials and staff of the election authorities, which need to be investigated.
Balbir Ram Rattan said that on one hand, the government is gearing up for the elections to the ULBs and Panchayats, on the other hand massive discrepancies have been detected in the voter lists and holding elections with these erroneous lists will debar thousands of genuine voters from exercising their constitutional right, which a citizen enjoys in democracy.
Balbir said that the government should immediately order an impartial probe into the said discrepancies, fix the responsibility and punish the guilty officials under the law of the land and undertake a thorough exercise to remove and correct all the discrepancies.