Action being taken against official, says Bengal CEO after man gets voter ID with dog’s photo

West Bengal Chief Electoral Officer has sought action against officials responsible for a dog’s photograph making its way to the Voter ID of a person in the state.
Sunil Karmakar felt that the error in the Voter ID card was intentional and intended to humiliate him.
Sunil Karmakar felt that the error in the Voter ID card was intentional and intended to humiliate him.
Updated on Mar 05, 2020 07:06 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

The photograph in the voter ID of a man in West Bengal, who had earlier received the document with a dog’s photo on it, has been corrected, Bengal’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) said on Wednesday.

“This is an old issue which happened during EVP where this form was submitted with this photograph. Subsequently, it has already been rectified during SRER. Elector information slip with the correct particulars has already been given to him. EPIC is being given,” the CEO said on Wednesday.

The official also said that an enquiry has been conducted and action is being taken against the delinquent.

North Bengal resident Sunil Karmakar had said that he was shocked to see the photo of a hairy pooch on his voter ID card, instead of his own. He had contemplated file a defamation suit against the ECI.

“There were some errors in my voter ID card so I had applied for a correction. When the corrected card came, the information was correct, but my photo had been replaced,” the irate 64-year-old voter of Bewa II’s Ramnagar village in Bengal’s Murshidabad said.

Karmakar feels the error was intentional and intended to humiliate him in public. “People who saw my card, mocked it publicly,” he said.

A government official involved in correcting voter ID card errors said that the mistake had, indeed, been spotted earlier, but that he had no idea how it remained uncorrected.

“We noticed the dog’s picture after the publication of the draft voters’ list. I rushed to Karmakar’s residence and brought back a picture of the man. But I am clueless as to how the card got printed with the dog’s photo anyway,” he said.

The mistake may have occurred due to the large-scale panic across Bengal over a possible citizenship screening exercise. Over the past few months, more than 0.83 million people including 0.24 million new voters from 22 Assembly segments in Murshidabad district, scrambled to apply for fresh voter IDs and rectifications of errors in existing ones. The district administration had cancelled leave for all government employees to ensure an error-free voters’ list.

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