Bogus voters: There were mistakes in Delhi’s electoral list, admits CEO

The affidavit has been filed in the court of Justice Vibhu Bakhru.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: January 12, 2015 8:53 pm

Delhi Elections 2015, election Commission, Chief Electoral Office, Delhi, Assembly elections, Bogus Voters,  Delhi Electoral ListThe Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the national capital today admitted in the Delhi High Court that there were mistakes in the electoral list issued by it for the upcoming polls on February 7.

The poll panel, in its reply to a petition alleging presence of bogus voters in the national capital, has said that it was rectifying the mistakes and was also trying to identify the persons who caused the error.

“Some mistakes figured in the electoral list and the same is being rectified. The rectification will go on till filing of the nominations by the party’s candidates.

“We are also trying to examine the causes of the errors and on being found, the culprits will be punished as per law,” an affidavit, whose contents were disclosed by petitioner’s advocate O P Saxena, said.

The affidavit has been filed in the court of Justice Vibhu Bakhru who was hearing the plea filed by petitioner Naresh Kumar.

Saxena also claimed that the CEO, in an around eight-page affidavit, has said that before issuing a final electoral list it will publish supplementary list and make corrections as per the requirements.

CEO had filed the affidavit in response to a plea alleging presence of a large number of bogus voters in various assembly constituencies of the national capital.

The court had earlier turned down his interim application for stay of the poll notification till January 13, saying it “cannot injunct the whole electoral process”.

The poll panel in its response has also said that they have called for a detailed report with regard to the allegations from the returning officer of each district.

It has further said that they were also trying to link the electoral names with the Aadhar cards, so that there are less chances of mistakes. The hearing in the matter is scheduled for tomorrow.

Kumar, who had unsuccessfully contested on a Congress ticket from Mundka in the 2014 Delhi Assembly polls, has said that during the course of hearing, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has admitted that there were various mistakes in the Delhi electoral rolls and they were revising these.

“That even in the revised electoral rolls published on January 5, there are still 10,000 to 20,000 bogus voters in Mundka constituency…

“The presence of such large number of bogus voters will affect the electoral process and those who have manipulated the voter’s list by including large number of bogus voters may get undue advantage,” senior advocate Rakesh Tiku, who appeared for Kumar, had said.

Earlier, the court had pulled up the Election Commission here asking what action it has taken on allegations about the presence of a large number of bogus voters in various assembly constituencies of the capital.

The counsel for Kumar had told the court that till date the poll panel has not made changes to sort out discrepancies pointed out by the court and in the Rajender Nagar assembly constituency, it was found that a photo of a leading film star was pasted against a voter’s name.

“… At least 58,000 cases of wrong photo image of the voters have been noticed by the ECI itself and the commission is taking steps to remove these names from the voter’s list. Thus it is admitted case that there are large number of bogus voters in the electoral rolls,” the plea had said.

The petitioner has sought a direction to delete the names of the bogus voters in different constituencies, including Mundka here which itself has over 41,000 such forged card- holders.

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    Smriti Malini
    Jan 13, 2015 at 6:52 am
    The bureaucracy in India has no backbone and no qualms about their own failures...while they have the unenviable job of conducting elections in a country like India- is it too much to ask for that the elections are at least fair and at least on paper-there are no mistakes?The fake votes in the numbers that they have been found are shocking and can easily change the entire result! All political parties except AAP have been quiet on this issue!-Isn't it horrifying?I hope it gets sorted as well- and we get a chance to get an honest govt..otherwise voters chosen through criminal means will choose criminals again.I for sure do not want Bidhuri types to represent me...BJP best bring out a list with non criminals...- very alarming to see so many criminals in parliament already..
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      Anurag Pandey..
      Jan 12, 2015 at 7:20 pm
      Good step taken by AAP to save democratic rights. That is why this time I m going to vote for AAP.
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        Rabindra Nath
        Jan 12, 2015 at 3:52 pm
        BJP rediculed AAP of its claim about increasing bogus voters and now lthe fact has come out. Election commissioners office has confirmed then news. Our estimates must be running higher number of bogus voters still and Amit Shas magic of winning election is one bogus voters. Modijee what do you say about the issue. Your keeping wuiet on the issue suggests that it was BJP which was doing this.
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          Vishal Desai
          Jan 12, 2015 at 10:30 pm
          Brilliant that 'anarchists' like AAP believe in the democratic process and came out with this fault...with 1.2 lakh fake voters this election could have gone anywhere...but now it will be tougher for BJP to win this...but I know I am going to vote for AAP - whose MLA's have worked day and night to bring change and also there is a clear vision and golas for Delhi...whereas all I see in BJP is a mentality to come to power for the sake of it...
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