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Two 265-year-olds, a man aged 144 appear on voter list in Ludhiana

273 voters aged 118 also find place on the list in Ludhiana (East) assembly constituency

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Mar 13, 2019 22:55 IST
Mohit Khanna
Mohit Khanna
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
Ludhiana deputy commissioner Pradeep Agrawal said, “Most of these instances system errors during compilation of data by election registration office. These errors are being corrected after verification.”
Ludhiana deputy commissioner Pradeep Agrawal said, “Most of these instances system errors during compilation of data by election registration office. These errors are being corrected after verification.”(HT Photo)
         

Two 265-year-olds — a man and a woman — and another man aged 144 are among those who will cast their vote in Ludhiana district during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, if the district electoral records are to be believed.

And if this was not enough, the list also has names of as many as 273 eligible voters in the Ludhiana (East) assembly constituency alone who are 118-year-old.

With Ludhiana district topping the state with 863 centenarians on its voters’ list, followed by Amritsar (558) and Hoshiarpur (449), the staggering number of over 100-year-old voters has put the election officials in a tizzy. The faux pass came to light after Punjab chief electoral officer (CEO) SK Raju said the state has 5,916 voters who are aged above 100 and this ocuured due to ‘errors’.

The administration has decided to conduct physical verification to correct the anomalies. During a physical verification in the Ludhiana (West) assembly constituency, 35 of a total of 57 centenarians turned out to be long dead.

Akshita Dhawan of the Ludhiana (North) assembly constituency and Ashwani Kumar of the Gill assembly segment were in for a surprise when they found their age to be 265 on the list. The year of birth of Sharda Devi of the Ludhiana (South) constituency is mentioned as 1874 on the list.

Ludhiana deputy commissioner Pradeep Agrawal said, “Most of these instances system errors during compilation of data by election registration office. These errors are being corrected after verification.”

An election department official said the goof-up has occurred either due clerical mistake or when the data was uploaded on the system.

“For example, the 273 voters shown on the list as 118- years- old are actually first-time voters. They are born in 2000, but on the list they are shown as born in 1900,” the official said.

First Published: Mar 13, 2019 22:55 IST

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