Re-examine deletions in voters' list: HC

The High Court of Karnataka recently directed the Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka to re-examine the large-scale deletions in the electoral rolls of the 27 Assembly constituencies in the City.

The order follows a public interest litigation filed by Commander P G  Bhat (Retd), DAKSH, Lok Satta Party and SmartVote, who had sought re-examination of patent errors in the electoral rolls in Bangalore.

The errors in the electoral rolls, they said, pertain to the illegal large-scale deletion of approximately 10 lakh voters; repetition of names; misspelt names of a large number of voters; incorrect and incomplete addresses; inclusion of voters below the age of 18 years and incorrect gender of a large number of voters.

The Division Bench consisting of Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice B V Nagarathna in its order passed on December 11, 2012 directed the Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka, to take suo motu cognisance of the errors and verify whether the deletions have been made properly.

The Officer has also been directed to look into the deletions irrespective of whether any objections were received from the public in respect of such errors.

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