Sunday, January 29, 2006

Dead men voting - 2

EC identifies 3.5 lakh dead voters in WB rolls (The Hindu, Jan 28)

Kolkata, Jan. 28 (PTI): The Election Commission has detected the names of about 3.5 lakh dead voters in the electoral rolls of West Bengal and these are in the process of being deleted.

"We have identified nearly 3.5 lakh dead voters in the state's electoral rolls and the process has already been initiated to delete the names as early as possible," state Chief Electoral Officer Debasish Sen, told PTI here today.

"More such dead voters may be identified in the next few days," Sen said.

To identify those voters who had moved away, it would take a little more time, he said.

The Election Commission had earlier asked the state election department to take a serious view of the existence of the names of a 'massive' number of dead voters and also those who had shifted residence, in the electoral rolls.

The process would have to be completed before the publication of the final electoral rolls on February 15, Deputy Election Commissioner R Balakrishnan, said during a meeting with chief electoral officer and district magistrates who also double up as district returning officers, here yesterday.

Sen said he held a meeting with his department's officers during the day to review the feedback received from all the 19 districts and decided to issue directives to maintain the time schedule of the publication of final electoral rolls.


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