Another 1.33 lakh names deleted in WB
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Another 1.33 lakh names deleted in WB

Meanwhile, over 10,000 voters have registered their names in these districts, Chief Electoral Officer Debashis Sen said.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2006 13:33 IST

With 16 days to go for the first phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal, the names of over 14 lakh voters have been deleted from the electoral rolls following continuous revision.

The names of over 1.33 lakh voters were deleted during the continuous revision of electoral rolls in West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura districts, where the first phase of the elections will be held on April 17, taking the total number of deletions in the state to over 14 lakh, Chief Electoral Officer Debashis Sen said.

The state's final electoral roll published on February 22 saw the deletion of the names of nearly 13 lakh dead and shifted voters, over four times the number of deletions in 2004 and 2005.

The names of 36,000 electors had been deleted from the list in Purulia, 53,000 in West Midnapore and 44,000 in Bankura during the revision, he said, adding a detailed list of three districts was under preparation.

Meanwhile, over 10,000 new voters have registered their names in these three districts, he added.

To a question if the EC had received any complaint on veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu's statement on job allotment to the unemployed during CPI(M) politburo member late Anil Biswas' condolence meeting, Sen replied in the negative.

"However, we are keeping an eye on all developments," he said.

Seeking to clarify the directive on removal of all government hoardings, Sen said these excluded informative hoardings on education and health issues.

He also held a brief meeting with Deputy Election Commissioner R Balakrishnan, who touched the city en route Delhi from Silchar.

First Published: Apr 01, 2006 21:34 IST