Give sufficient time for voters' registration: HP HC
Himachal high court has ordered the state election commissioner and other authorities concerned to consider the drafting of voters' list seriously and give sufficient time and facility to people to ensure that their names were on the list.chandigarh Updated: May 02, 2012 22:09 IST
Himachal high court has ordered the state election commissioner and other authorities concerned to consider the drafting of voters' list seriously and give sufficient time and facility to people to ensure that their names were on the list.
A division bench comprising chief justice Kurian Joseph and justice Dharm Chand Chaudhary directed the authorities to provide as much time as was provided under rules for people to verify their entries on the draft voters' list. The court has left all other legal questions open.
The order came on a petition filed by four councillors of Shimla municipal corporation, who contended that the state election commission had committed grave violations while drafting the voters' list for the civic body elections.
The petitioners said about 30,000 names had been deleted from the list. It was argued that the election commission had wrongly taken the voters' database from the website of Election Commission of India.
They said the rule in question came into force on March 23, whereas the voters' list was published three days later. No option was given to the voters and door-to-door survey was not conducted according to rules, they alleged.
The councillors argued that the state election commission had not acted fairly and hence prayed that voters be given an opportunity to include their names on the list.
On April 19, the bench had directed the electoral registration officer to give voters a chance to record their names on the voters' list. The court was told that about 1,500 voters had sought that their names be included in the list and more than 100 claims were admitted by the authorities.
The court observed that even if one voter had approached, it was better for a healthy democracy.