Batteries included – but, may be defective

A month ago I ordered online for a TrekStor MP3 player with FM receiver. I received the piece, batteries included. However, the gadget did not turn on. After coaxing it for half an hour to respond, I tried a new battery – and it worked! If the company had not shipped the battery, they would have saved me some agony and efforts. They mislead the customers by including dead batteries. TrekStor was a trickster.

As discussed in the last blog post, the CEO Karnataka website published 6,389 PDF documents on 25 July 2012 as the final electoral rolls. This set has corrected some errors in the documents published on 20 July. However, there are many errors and inconsistencies in the latest documents too.

  1. 50 files have warnings: “Error: Subreport could not be shown.” If the CEO’s software had reported errors in processing, how correct is it to publish the files? It is like dispatching dead batteries knowingly, but letting the customer believe that they are healthy.
  2. Three of the files have no voter records – AC1760058, AC1700203, and AC1700158. There are many other files where major part of voter lists is not included. I could find only 499 files where the number of voters in the summary tables at the end of each file matching with the voter counts, making the lists 7.81% accurate.
  3. Many summary tables have errors in basic arithmatics. E.g., AC1570031 shows 366+35-80 = 326. There are many other tables with such errors though I have not checked exhaustively.

The summary tables from the PDF files show total 57,37,490 voters in the 27 constituencies of Bangalore Districts. Voter records available from the published document are only 52,85,724.

I understand that the documents are published to seek feedback on the correctness of voter records. If the records themselves are missing, we cannot report their correctness. Have I confused you? I was more confused, unable to make sense from the counts I was getting from the documents.


“… if thy wits run the wild-goose chase, I have done, for thou hast more of the wild-goose in one of thy wits than, I am sure, I have in my whole five”                     – Shakepeare, Romeo and Juliet.


About pgbhat

A retired Naval Officer and an educationist. Has experience with software industry. A guest faculty at different institutes and a corporate trainer with software development companies.
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