Chaos as voters’ names go missing
Mumbai - The mistakes and fraud in voter lists made the news throughout the day on voting for the BMC election on Tuesday. The names of many voters were not found in the voters’ lists in many wards across the city. Many voters checked every page of the voter lists, searched at different booths but they could not found their names and had to go back home without casting their votes.
Voters had left their homes to use their franchise to elect 227 corporators for the BMC but they were dejected as their names were missing from the voting lists. Due to the restructuring of 227 wards boundaries of many wards have changed and it affected these voters. It ultimately resulted in chaotic condition at many polling booths across the city.
The names of 25 family members in the Popular Niketan building in Shivaji Park area were missing from the voting lists. The similar incident was reported from MHADA colony in Mankhurd where many voters could not found their entries in the voting list. As the situation was getting out of control here, additional police commissioner Deven Bharati had to rush here to control the situation.
Names of many voters were also reported missing from Chembur, Tilak Nagar, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar, Bhandup, Mulund, Sewree, Lalbaug, Colaba, Dahisar, Borivali, Malad, Goregaon, Bandra etc. Many of these voters had used their franchise in the Assembly elections and their names had figured in the list at that time. At many places, the names of new voters were found but names of their parents were missing.
Local residents have claimed that names of around 10-20 per cent voters were missing from voter lists. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena is reported to register a complaint against this mismanagement of the voters.