JK electoral rolls ridden with inaccuracies: EC
11 March 2002
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: The Election Commission today said the electoral rolls in strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir are ''ridden with large-scale inaccuracies'', and ordered a comprehensive correction of these including through house- to-house varification. Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh, Election Commissioner B B Tandon and two Deputy Election Commissioners had visited Jammu and Kashmir from March eight to ten to review the situation for the Assembly elections due later this year. Besides meeting with all recognised political parties in Jammu and Srinagar, they also had detailed discussions with senior officers including the State Chief Secretary and all 14 District Collectors. ''The main thrust of the discussions was to create conditions on ground to ensure a high quality of elections,'' the Commission said in a release here this evening. The discussions revealed that the current electoral rolls in the State were ridden with large-scale inaccuracies and require considerable corrections. Based on these discussions, the Commission today issued detailed instructions for the field staff to bring about the necessary corrections in electoral rolls. In the rural areas, the officials have been directed to compare the rolls with Panchayat rolls and delete the names of dead voters. In some town areas, house-to-house verification to delete the names of dead voters will be undertaken alongwith comparison with death registers. The Commission has also re- ordered printing of all electoral rolls in the State as these have been revealed to be incorrect in a large number of cases. The printing exercise is to be over by the end of this month and thereafter, an intensive campaign will be launched to include eligible voters who had been left out. A rationalisation of polling stations has been ordered so that voters are not greatly inconvenienced by travelling over long distances. As the commission has decided to use Electronic Voting Machines instead of ballot boxes in the Assembly elections, the District Collectors had been apprised of the steps to be taken to familiarise all concerned on these machines.