Delhi EC deploys special teams to weed out bogus voters

Last Updated: Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 11:38

New Delhi: To ensure free and fair polls, Delhi Election Commission has put in place a surveillance mechanism to weed out "bogus" voters in the city, including in constituencies represented by senior leaders of the various political parties.

Special teams comprising officials and police personnel would be deployed by DEC to identify "bogus" as well as "non-existent voters".

"Special teams are being formed to check non-existent and bogus voters," a senior official of DEC said.

He said DEC had prepared the electoral rolls "very carefully" and added that efforts will continue to ensure that bogus voters do not vote.

Referring to a survey by the Commission last year which found a whopping 15 lakh non-existent voters in Delhi, the official said every effort would be made to ensure no bogus voting took place during the December 4 Assembly elections.

DEC had conducted a door-to-door survey last year during which it found there were 15 lakh non-existent voters, including those who may have died or shifted to other places.
Over two lakh people have applied for registration as voters since last month and around 50,000 of them have filed their applications in the last one week.

Following the rush for inclusion of names in the voters` list, the Commission has extended the date for accepting applications till November 6.

It has also directed booth level officers (BLOs) to verify the applications before the list for the Assembly elections is finalised.

According to officials, Delhi has a total of 1.15 crore registered voters and the female-male ratio stands at 804 to 1,000.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 11:30

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