Devise system to avoid bogus voting’
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 21:36
  
Mumbai: Ahead of the civic and zilla parishad elections in Maharashtra, the Bombay High Court today asked the State Election Commission to devise a system to ensure that no bogus votes are cast.

"Election Commission should ensure that people do not vote in the name of the dead. It should also see to it that those names which are repeated in the electoral lists of different wards are not misused," the division bench, headed by Justice D D Sinha, said.

The court, which was hearing a petition filed by Vinod Talreja, directed the Commission to inform about the mechanism devised by it for preventing bogus voting by February 8.

Advocate L M Acharya, Talreja's lawyer, argued that since September his client had been asking the Commission to remove the names of the dead persons from electoral rolls.

The Commission's lawyer, Sachindra Shetye, said it was now too late to prepare new lists of voters, as elections are scheduled for February 16.

He, however, said a mark would be made against the names of deceased persons on electoral rolls, and the returning officer would ensure that nobody casts vote in that names.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 21:36


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