Ahead of polls,EC goes on drive to trim list of inflated voters

The Delhi Election Commission is faced with a peculiar problem — it has detected at least 25,000 households which have more than 20 registered voters each.

Written by Geeta Gupta | New Delhi | Published:May 14, 2013 1:51 am

The Delhi Election Commission is faced with a peculiar problem — it has detected at least 25,000 households which have more than 20 registered voters each.

With the Assembly elections slated to be held later this year,the Election Commission has ordered that all District Commissioners (DCs) personally verify data on such households and issue certificates of genuineness.

Even more surprising are data,available with the Delhi EC,that have recorded certain Delhi households with over 100 registered voters. And the figure goes up to over 1,000 voters in some cases.

To check this inflated voters’ list,the EC has already made over 15 lakh deletions from the electoral roll this year,a task that was taken up in Delhi for the first time in the last 15 years. However,officials said a due process would have to be followed,and “each and every case has to be disposed off individually”.

An analysis drawn by the EC shows that Delhi has a total of 24,849 households with over 20 registered voters. The total number of voters in this category are 8.38 lakh,with an average of 33.73 voters per household.

The EC has already taken up suo motu deletions of voters in 7,544 of such households,erasing the names of 1.25 lakh voters in this category. While the maximum number of voters in a household under this category is 1,114,the minimum recorded is 21 voters per household. The average number of voters per household taken up for deletions is 5.04,with maximum voters taken up for deletion in a household being 212.

Carrying out electoral improvements for the upcoming Assembly elections and with the aim of having a healthy electoral roll,the Chief Election Commissioner of Delhi has asked for all households,which have over 20 voters registered,“to be specifically visited for accuracy of the roll”.

“It is desirable that households,which have more than 500 voters registered,should be inspected by the District Election Officers (DEOs) themselves. Similarly,households with 100-500 voters should be visited by Election Registration Officers and those with 21-100,by Assistant Election Registration Officers,” the communication from the EC’s office to all the DCs,who are also the DEOs,states.

Bogus voters

Ahead of Assembly elections EC is trying to trim the inflated voters lists and has made over 15 lakh deletions,a first in 15 years

n EC has ordered District Commissioners to personally visit households and identify genuine voters

EC data shows 24,849 households with over 20 registered voters

Total voters:

8.38 lakh,average of 33.73 voters per household

Already erased names of 1.25 lakh voters

Of 24,849 households,EC has taken up deletions in 7,544

Maximum voters taken up for deletion per household: 212

Average voters taken up for deletion per household: 5.04

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