BMC election: NCP leader asks court to order voter list revision

Mar 07, 2017, 17:11 IST | Vinay Dalvi

Cites the recent BMC election, in which around 12 lakh citizens were unable to vote because their names were missing from the electoral rolls

Jitendra AwhadJitendra Awhad

NCP leader Jitendra Awhad filed a petition before the Bombay High Court yesterday, seeking directions to the Election Commission to revise the electoral rolls of all constituencies in the state before the 2019 assembly and parliamentary elections, in accordance with the Representation of People’s Act and Registration of Electors Rules.

In his petition, Awhad said the recent civic body elections, touted the mini-assembly polls, hadn’t been a smooth affair.

"Scores of voters returned with un-inked fingers from polling booths for various reasons, such as names missing from the voters’ lists or incorrect photographs against their names," the petition said.

As far as the BMC election is concerned, around 12 lakh people could not vote as their names were not included in the lists,” it added.

He contended that the elections had lost their sanctity and failed to inspire confidence from people of the state.

He pointed at news reports and endorsements of the gaffes by political parties in his petition.

Target urban voters

Awhad sought correction of all 'defective' voters' lists and initiation of efforts to enrol more urban voters. He asked that the responsibility for ensuring that urban citizens register themselves in voters’ lists be given to the secretary or the chairman of housing societies. He also asked for better awareness about voting in rural areas.

Awhad also asked for formation of a committee study electoral lists and submit a detailed report to the central government with recommendations on attracting more voters.

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