Voters turned OUT

Today’s headlines are happy about record 75% turnout in Himachal elections. In Karnataka voters will be turned out from booths and still can have high turnout.

In the last post we discussed about CEO’s advertisement of 30 October claiming that voter lists were published. The lists continued to be uploaded till 04 November. BBMP wards got hard copies on 03 November. On 04 November, the CEO gave a press statement that there have been some technical problems in publishing the rolls on 30 October and they would be published on 05 November. Five days after announcing to the world that the rolls have been published, the CEO knows about the technical problems. The technical partner of CEO, CMM level 5 certified software giant CMC, is expected to do  quality checks in a staging setup before uploading files. The site has been confusing and misleading the common user.

The CEO spoke of enrollment for one month, starting on 05 November. He does not speak of restoring incorrectly deleted voters. In the rolls published on 20 July, about one million voters from Bangalore district were deleted. The rolls published between 30 Oct and 04 Nov deleted another 3.05 lakh voters.

The CEO stated that final electoral rolls will be published on January 5, 2013. With the current dismal quality and incomplete state, added with apathy of CEO and his organisation, the published roll will exclude lakhs of genuine voters and include large number of fake and duplicate voters. Gross errors in the lists will continue as there is no interest to correct them. Positive actions are possible only if there is a sense of ownership, accountability and pride in the organisation maintaining the electoral rolls.

In a couple of days I shall analyse the new set of voter lists and summarise the state.


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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