Politics of Electoral Rolls

For the past two days, newspaper headlines rant about Rahul Gandhi becoming the Vice President of Congress Party. Seven states will face assembly elections this year and seven other next year. The big fight for Loksabha seats is due next year. Distancing and closing relationships, forming and breaking parties, propelling someone and grounding someone are all part of the preparations.

Justice Shivaraj Patil told in his talk on 19 Jan that the sovereignty of the elector is one-second glory – the moment of pressing a button on Electronic Voting Machine. To do so, his name has to be in the electoral roll.

On discovering that about 13.4 lakh voters were deleted from the electoral rolls of Bangalore City between April and November 2012, I wrote twice to all the 27 MLAs of these constituencies telling that most of these deletions were indiscrete, without due diligence. I also wrote to the speaker of Legislative Assembly and Chairman of Legislative Council.

In December, the CEO asked the political parties to indicate the voters who they consider are incorrectly deleted from the lists. The political parties have identified all together 196 wrong deletions. Mere 196 out of 13,40,000 deletions are incorrect according to the political parties! We have a bureaucracy without commitment, contracting work to incompetent and non-professional vendors like CMC, and political parties rejoicing with the electoral rolls where lakhs of eligible voters are denied their right to vote by illegitimate deletions and lakhs of fake and duplicate entries bloat the list.


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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