The ongoing exercise to revise and upgrade the electoral rolls in Pune district has resulted in the deletion of 84,737 names,mostly of those not responding to notices to present themselves to add photographs and get the rolls upgraded.
To ensure that the 2014 general elections are free and fair,the election commissioner has issued orders to ensure all names on the rolls are accompanied by photographs. In case photographs are not upgraded on the rolls,booth-level officers are asked to issue notices to voters asking them to appear before them. In case voters fail to respond to the notice,their names are deleted.
Data from the office of the deputy distict election officer showed that of the 21 assembly constituencies,Khadakwasla saw the highest number of voters being deleted from the rolls. As of Wednesday,14,247 voters were deleted from the electoral rolls in Khadakwasla,followed by Baramati (11,000) and Daund (9,499).
The majority of rural or semi-rural Assembly constituencies shows a sharp rise in deletion of names. The trend is not seen in urban constituencies. For instance,Kasba Peth constituency has not had a single deletion since the drive started.
Speaking about the drive,district deputy election officer Apurva Wankhede told Newsline that the work of uprgading the rolls by adding photographs is on at all 21 assembly constituencies. We have over 15 lakh photographs missing from the rolls and are rigorously following up at all levels. In case voters do not respond to the notices issued by the booth-level officer,his or her name would be deleted from the list, she said.
Deletion is done in case of duplication,death or the voter shifting from the address. The work on upgradation of the list is being done by schoolteachers.
Welcoming the initiative by the election officer,Shiv Sena leader from Bhosari,Sarang Kamthekar,stated that this would ensure elections are free and fair. People have been given enough opportunities to submit photographs and in case they fail,it is fair that their names get deleted. This exercise would help in controlling bogus voters and duplication of names, he said.