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Voters’ list flaws: EC orders probe

india Updated: Apr 18, 2011 00:07 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Sanjeev K Ahuja
Hindustan Times
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Following an HT report published on April 7, the State Election Commission, Haryana has ordered a probe into alleged anomalies in the voters’ list. The commission has written a letter to Gurgaon district magistrate seeking reply on the matter.

The voters’ list published by MCG has revealed that the commission not only failed to register 60% of the population as voters as per the norms set by the Election Commission of India, it showed entire 3.61 lakh rural population outside the MCG area as voters as 3.62 lakh.

Elections to the MCG can be announced anytime soon.

The letter for an inquiry was issued the very next day of HT report on April 8 by the commission asking deputy commissioner PC Meena to reply by April 18.

In Gurgaon, the number of voters registered so far is 7.9 lakh while the population has been recorded at 15.14 lakh. Thus, number of voters is just 52.18% of the population as against the required 60%.

S Oberoi, president, National Citizens Movement and treasurer, Mission Gurgaon Development, claimed that the process of preparing the voters’ list was a futile exercise and full of anomalies.

“I wonder as to how the entire rural population outside the MCG limit has been recorded as voters. It is unthinkable that entire 3.61 lakh rural population has been shown as voters at 3.62 lakh?” Oberoi, who is a retired colonel, said.

The total number of voters published in the final voters’ list of MCG are 4.28 lakh against the population of 11.53 lakh. The voters are just 37.12% of the total population.