Nearly six lakh voters in Mumbai and Thane have been registered twice on the electoral rolls. This is apparently because the district administration has not deleted names in case of a change of address, mistakes in registration, or in case of a voter’s death or migration.
The Election Commission of India has now directed the state’s election branch to identify names that appear more than once and rectify the anomaly.
The duplication is highest in Mumbai with names of 5.23 lakh people from the suburbs and 1.23 lakh from the island city appearing twice. This is followed by Pune (7.55 lakh) and Thane (5.83 lakh).
The district administrations of Mumbai city, suburbs and Thane district collectorates have launched a special drive to delete the repeated names. “We have started serving notices to voters whose names are mentioned twice in the list either in the assembly constituency or in the district. Block-level officers are visiting every household in the constituency to verify if the voter lives at the given address,” said Maya Patole, deputy district election officer, Mumbai’s island city.
The state’s election branch said the percentage of voters with election photo identity cards was very low in Maharashtra because of this duplication.
“As per trends in the 2011 census, the share of the population above the age of 18 is 72.14%, which means there are 89.53 lakh voters in Mumbai’s island city and suburbs.
as against the existing 98.12 lakh voters,” said a senior official from the state election department.