Poll panel offers apology for missing names from voters' lists
The Election Commission today offered an apology for the large number of names missing from voters' lists in Maharashtra and said it would look into it. ''We will look into the matter and we apologise for the inconvenience caused to voters,'' Election Commissioner H S Brahma said.
A large number of names were missing from the voters' lists yesterday, when Maharashtra voted in the sixth phase of the national election.
In Mumbai, around three lakh voters could not find their names on the list. Among them were HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh, lawyer Ram Jethmalani and Marathi actor Atul Kulkarni. A group of citizens has threatened to move court.
The Election Commission said they cannot vote again in this election, but the error would be corrected before the Maharashtra assembly election later this year.
The names were reportedly left out in 'a clean-up' drive to remove voters who have been missing in action for long, have moved out or died.
Mr Brahma said voters were also partly responsible as they could have pointed out that their names were missing on March 9, when the final voters' lists were verified.
Mumbai clocked a voter turnout of 53 per cent yesterday, a sharp rise from its previous election but far less than many other parts of the country.
(Posted on 26-04-2014)