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EC unhappy with roll revision

THE ELECTION Commission (EC) is not satisfied with the way electoral rolls have been revised in various districts. The EC has so far found 19.83 lakh bogus entries in electoral rolls. The number is likely to go up once six EC teams complete spot visits and review performance of booth-level officers appointed to ensure deletion of bogus entries. The teams would camp in different districts till September 22.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2006 01:33 IST

THE ELECTION Commission (EC) is not satisfied with the way electoral rolls have been revised in various districts. The EC has so far found 19.83 lakh bogus entries in electoral rolls. The number is likely to go up once six EC teams complete spot visits and review performance of booth-level officers appointed to ensure deletion of bogus entries. The teams would camp in different districts till September 22.

This is for the first time that the EC has appointed booth-level officers to review electoral rolls and involved divisional commissioners in the poll preparation process.

If official figures are to be believed, the districts boasts of ‘star’ constituencies remain far behind in terms of number of bogus votes. Bijnore has 88,145 bogus entries. Hardoi comes second with 85,897 bogus entries and in Lucknow there are only 30,000 fraudulent entries so far. In Rae Bareli district 30,452 and in Sultanpur 63,025 bogus entries have been found. In Kanpur Nagar and Kanpur Dehat 59,697 and 17,989 bogus entries have been found so far. Allahabad and Pratapgarh had 19,259 and 37,606 bogus voters, respectively.

The coming of six special teams indicates determination of the EC to crack down on bogus entries.

Asked about the purpose of the EC teams, State Election Officer Anuj Bishnoi said they might make spot inspections, check electoral rolls on a random basis and review performance of booth-level officers.

The EC had appointed 82,290 booth-level officers to ensure that bogus names were deleted. The EC teams would now review whether all those targeted had been identified or not, he said adding that draft rolls would be published by October 6.

Secretary Election Commission Tapas Kumar leads the team reviewing the electoral rolls in Allahabad, Chitrakoot, Jhansi and Azamgarh. EC official SK Rudola is leading the team reviewing progress in Saharanpur, Meerut and Moradabad, while Vasinder Kumar heads the team for Kanpur and Agra. Anuj Kumar Jaipuriyar leads the team for Devipatan, Faizabad and Basti divisions while SK Sabarwal is taking care of Varanasi, Vindhayachal and Gorakhpur areas.

EC official KN Bhar is reviewing the revision of electoral rolls in Lucknow and Bareilly divisions. Principal Secretary EC KR Prasad will also visit Lucknow to review revision of rolls in Lucknow.