By SANYUKTA DHARMADHIKARI
A day after several residents across Mumbai complained about their names missing from the voters’ list, advocate Archit Jayakar on Friday said he would file a PIL raising the issue.
Jayakar claimed that lakhs of people across the six constituencies in the city were unable to exercise their right to vote as their names were missing.
“Our sources informed us that there were about seven lakh voters whose names did not appear on the voters’ list despite having registered on time. All of them have valid voter
IDs and some of them have even voted before. We created a group on Facebook called ‘I am a Deleted Voter’, in which we urged all the aggrieved voters to join the group. We have uploaded an affidavit which they can fill and send to us,” said Surabhi Agrawal, Jayakar’s associate.
The group on Facebook, that was created on Thursday evening, had 312 members a day later. Several people have voiced their grievances, complaints and reasons for being unable to vote. Many voters stated that their names had disappeared despite voting in the previous Lok Sabha, as well as assembly elections.
An affidavit, both in Marathi and Hindi, has been uploaded and details regarding the required documents have also been listed on the group.
“Around 6,000 voters in Mumbai have sent us complaints so far. Seven lakh voters is not a small number.
We want all of them to be able to vote before May 16. We are seeking a High Court direction to allow them to vote through postal ballots,” said Jayakar.