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.