With a view to curb bogus voting, citizen groups across the city are emphasising on deletion of names from electoral list of voters who have passed away or shifted elsewhere, during the ongoing electoral revision.
Citizen groups are informing all housing society office bearers in their locality, to make lists of voters and give them to polling booth officers.
“As per section 79A of the Maharashtra Co-operative Society’s Act, 1960, vide government circular in co-operation department dated 19th April 2010, all booth level officers are to be given voluntary support by the “office bearers” of co-operative housing societies. Therefore, they should give the list of voters who have shifted or passed away on society letter head with the signature of the secretary and chairman to the booth officers,” said Indrani Malkani, trustee, V Citizens Action Network (VCAN).
VCAN has been involved in assisting electoral revision program by the district election office, Mumbai city. Other citizen groups active in voter name deletion are Forjett Hill resident association, Tardeo, Colaba ALM, ‘A’ ward citizen federation, Bombay Catholic Sabha, etc.
“In order to curb bogus voting and to have proper electoral data we are requesting all housing societies to make list of deceased or people who have shifted elsewhere and inform respective polling booths. Candidates with
vested interests might misuse such voters’ names during election. We have to prevent such acts,” said Kishor Jagtiyani, member of Colaba ALM.
When contacted, assistant election commissioner Avinash Sanas said: “It is the responsibility of citizen to inform the electoral office about the deceased or voters who have shifted elsewhere.”
“However, if they fail to do so there is no punishment under the law. Any person can fill the deletion form for shifted or deceased voters but the deletion of names takes place only after complete verification by the inspection team,” added Sanas.