A Farce Voter Registration Drive

With supporting data to infer from, I suspect that about 4,00,000 approved requests for registration are not included as voters in State Election Commission (SEC) rolls for the BBMP elections. They seem to be included in Chief Electoral Officer’s (CEO) rolls. SEC might have taken an older version of voter database from CEO, thus making new registrations irrelevant for the BBMP elections.

Here is an example that could help the authorities to find the cause of the problem. Also, they may find reason for just created duplicate records.

At http://ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in/ClaimsObj.aspx list for claims for Mahadevapura constituency shows a claim at serial 32069: 11/03/2015, Kameshwari, N. Subramanian  (H), Application is Approved- Part No is 305.

At http://ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in/vernacularSearch_New.aspx# search with name shows one record with details matching with the claims status. EPIC# SVF7127467.

At search by EPIC# gives message “No Records Found in Electoral Roll.” This is the site to search voter records for BBMP elections.

Voter repository at CEO and SEC are not synchronised though the voters are same and the same people maintain the rolls for CEO and SEC both.

Strangely, search at http://ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in/SearchWithEpicNo_New.aspx#  with EPIC# SVF7159478 gives a duplicate record for the voter. This shows that the system continues to create duplicate records regularly. Though the issue is repeatedly raised for the past several years, CEO has not taken remedial actions to correct the situation.

I repeat my offer of help to improve the quality of ERMS.


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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