After several names going missing from electoral rolls during the Lok Sabha election, the Mumbai city district election office has admitted to at least 1,000 names being wrongly deleted. These voters have now had to re-register so as to vote in the assembly election to be held in the state on October 15.
In the island city, 6,54,356 voters’ names were deleted from electoral rolls in three phases before the Lok Sabha polls.
“In the past two months, we conducted a major programme wherein we communicated with all these 6,54,356 voters through post. Of these, acknowledgements from 50,000 voters were received who confirmed their addresses. But, some of their family members had shifted or died and hence their deletion was held to be valid,” said Shaila A, city district election officer “We found that amongst these 50,000, around 1,000 voters were mistakenly deleted and they have now been registered again.”
Around 4.5 lakh of the 6.5 lakh letters sent were returned to the district election office on account of the addressees having shifted, while the status of 1 lakh other letters is unknown.
With voter registrations closing 10 days before the last date of filing of nominations by the candidates, citizens can register to vote till September 17.
Meanwhile, according to the electoral rolls updated till July 31, 47,582 new voters have been added in the 10 Assembly constituencies in the island city after the Lok Sabha polls.
Shaila said no deletion exercise has been carried out before this election. “The first phase of door-to-door distribution of voter slips [which has details of the voter’s polling station address] will be undertaken from September 19 to 25,” she said.