New software to check duplication in voter lists

Uttar Pradesh will use a newly developed “de-duplication” software to check duplication of voters’ names in electoral rolls.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published: March 30, 2012 2:09 am

Uttar Pradesh will use a newly developed “de-duplication” software to check duplication of voters’ names in electoral rolls. The software will identify such voters whose names are listed in the electoral rolls of more than one assembly or parliamentary constituency.

Officials aim to remove duplicity from the entire voters’ list of UP before the next Lok Sabha elections.

Officials have estimated there are around 12 lakh duplicate names in the electoral rolls containing a total 12.58 crore voters across the state.

Developed jointly by the Chief Electoral Office of UP and the Election Commission of India,the software will sift through the electoral roll from May 15. The first phase will cover the electoral rolls at polling booth level.

The software will catch duplication by matching a voter’s name,his or her fathers’ name,date of birth and other particulars like photograph in the electoral roll. It will also identify those persons who have either relocated,migrated or transferred to other places but their names exist in voters’ lists of both the places.

UP Chief Electoral officer Umesh Sinha said,“Duplicity of voters in electoral roll will be reduced to a minimum by next year. It will help the Election Commission check misuse of duplicate names on polling day.”

Officials said those with names registered at more than one place will be issued a notice by the Booth Level Officers (BLOs),asking them to choose one place where he or she wants to remain a voter.

“Duplicity will be first removed from the electoral roll at the polling booth level followed by the Assembly constituency. It will be further checked at the level of Parliamentary constituency,district level and finally at the state level,” Sinha said.

With the government teachers,who usually perform the duties of booth level officers,being busy with examination duty these days,the exercise to identify duplicate names and their verification and subsequent deletion from electoral rolls will be done between May 15 and June 30.

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