Bengaluru: Thousands of Bengaluru residents, who were looking forward to vote on Thursday for the Lok Sabha election, were furious after they found that their names were struck off from the electoral rolls for no valid reason. Many of them had voted in the previously held elections.
Similar cases were also reported from other constituencies in the state where elections were held on Thursday.
Many of the aggrieved voters took to social media and lashed out at BBMP and Election Commission officials for recklessly deleting their names from the electoral rolls. Some are even planning to move court and file public interest litigations.
A. Kumar, a resident of Koramangala, said that his and his wife’s name were deleted without validating and they could not vote. He said that he had voted in the recent assembly elections and after that he has neither shifted his residence nor submitted any form for deletion. How could names of his family members be deleted? he questioned.
Like him thousands of people across the city. About 27,000 voters from Basavangudi and V.V. Puram have been reportedly deleted.
At an apartment complex located in Bengalore South constituency the names of all the eligible voters have gone missing. Ramesh Reddy, one of the residents, said he was collating the names of all who could not vote to file a PIL. Ramesh alleged that Congress party was behind it.
An official from the Karnataka Election Commission told Deccan Chronicle that they usually seek the help of BBMP to finalise electoral roll. Summary revision was announced during October and November after the due process of Block Level Officers (BLO) visiting the houses.
For every deletion, mahazar would have been done by taking approval from the residents or from the neighbours if the house is locked.
It is mandatory to revise the electoral roll annually and citizens are provided chance to include their names, if it is missing. It can also be done online and through mobile applications, the officer added.
BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad, who is also District Electoral Officer (DEO), said the residents were provided opportunities to get their names included, if they were missing in the final electoral roll available on the election commission’s official website.
Over 2.84 lakh new voters have been enrolled in the city. Every year BBMP revises electoral rolls and it is made public in January....