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Irregularities galore revision of electoral rolls

2017-12-08 23:34:23

Irregularities galore revision of electoral rolls

It appears the GHMC officials feel they are not public servants but were given jobs to serve the ruling party and their allies, for they have done it again apparently to show their loyalty to the ruling TRS and locally powerful AIMIM.

D Bal Reddy

The GHMC officials, who have claimed that 6.6 lakh votes have been deleted after the Intensive Revision of Electoral Rolls (IRER) during 2017, have allegedly carr Irregularities galore revision of electoral rolls ed out the revision as per the diktats of the TRS and MIM leaders.Allegations galore that the booth level officers (BLOs) along with data entry operators have carried out IRER to make sure that votes of those people who vote for a national political party were only deleted.

Further, it is alleged that new votes were not enrolled in BJP strongholds. Besides, on an average, 30 percent votes were deleted in BJP strongholds. BJP leaders alleged that the revision was done to ensure benefit for TRS and MIM keeping in view the 2019 elections.BJYM state public convener on enumeration, Ponna Venkataramana told The News that he has documentary evidence to show that the IRER was carried out in a partisan manner to benefit the TRS and MIM.

Quoting from circular No.690/Elec/GHMC/2017/528, dated October 11, 2017, Venkataramana said that more than 30 percent votes were deleted in 53 polling stations in Musheerabad, 60 polling s Irregularities galore revision of electoral rolls stations in Amberpet, 78 polling stations in Khairatabad, 120 polling stations in Goshamahal – where BJP has strong voter base.

However, the number of polling stations in which more than 200 votes were enrolled in these constituencies is just one, zero, one and zero respectively, while the new enrollments of more than 200 votes have been done in 29 polling stations in Chandrayangutta, 16 polling stations in Yakutpura and 36 polling stations in Bahadurpura assembly constituencies where MIM has strong base, he said.

Further, the GHMC officials are not disclosing the house numbers where more than 100 voters have been registered under one house number in the TRS and MIM strongholds. For instance, in Malakpet 9,962 voters were registered under 61 houses, while 12,083 voters registered in 64 houses in Charminar, 7,027 voters registered in 42 houses and as many as 17,402 voters are registered in just 90 houses in Yakutpura assembly constituencies. All these constituencies are held by MIM, Venkataramana said.

He also compared the polling station vise votes secured by BJP candidate in Yakutpura assembly constituency during the 2014 elections with that of the votes available in those booths as on October 11, 2017, which clearly shows that the revision was aimed at hitting the strongholds of the BJP alone.

According to him, BJP candidate from Yakutpura assembly constituency secured 723 votes in polling station (PS) No.1, 613 votes in PS.2, 697 votes in PS.3, 645 votes in PS.4, 524 votes in PS.5, 884 votes in PS.6 and 521 votes in PS.7. However, after revision, the number of votes left in the above polling stations respectively is just 318, 197, 262, 88, 89, 43 and 191.

“We have lodged protest with the GHMC officials wherever we have identified gross irregularities. But the GHMC offic Irregularities galore revision of electoral rolls ials have accepted and carried out corrective measures only in some polling stations,” Venkataramana told The News.

He claimed that the votes of even those present in the same houses were removed. This has been done at the behest of MIM and TRS leaders. He also alleged that the GHMC authorities are not providing nazari naksha (a map demarcating the houses that come under one polling station) copies because the revision is not being carried out as per nazari naksha.

“If the revision is done as per nazari naksha, bogus votes can be removed. But the GHMC officials are not ready to do that because they are loyal to MIM and TRS leaders only and not to the people,” he said.

Venkataramana said they were approaching the High Court for justice after the GHMC announces the final electoral rolls. He also said that they will bring the culprits to book and prevent the MIM and TRS leaders from carrying out their nefarious designs.

It may be recalled a report titled ‘voter enrollment mafia’ was published in these columns in January 2014 issue which discussed in detail how some corrupt GHMC officials in collusion with MIM leadership had enrolled large number of bogus votes on the strength of which the MIM candidates won the 2014 elections.

The News secured documents which show several families got more than one voter ID card with different registration and serial numbers – i.e. one person would be able to cast more than one vote in the same election.

MIM leaders could garner bogus votes in favour of their candidate. Large number of bogus votes had been prepared during the special summary revision 2014 and the draft photo electoral rolls published on November 18, 2013 showed the glaring irregularities wherein same person was issued with more than one voter ID card just by changing either his name or his father’s name or even by adding a sub-division to the house number in which he resides.

Until now, it was just MIM that used to resort to voter enrollment mafia. Now, the TRS has joined the bandwagon and intensified the illegal activity taking advantage of being in power, Venkataramana alleged.

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Irregularities galore revision of electoral rolls

2017-12-08 23:34:23

Irregularities galore revision of electoral rolls

It appears the GHMC officials feel they are not public servants but were given jobs to serve the ruling party and their allies, for they have done it again apparently to show their loyalty to the ruling TRS and locally powerful AIMIM.

D Bal Reddy

The GHMC officials, who have claimed that 6.6 lakh votes have been deleted after the Intensive Revision of Electoral Rolls (IRER) during 2017, have allegedly carr ed out the revision as per the diktats of the TRS and MIM leaders.Allegations galore that the booth level officers (BLOs) along with data entry operators have carried out IRER to make sure that votes of those people who vote for a national political party were only deleted.

Further, it is alleged that new votes were not enrolled in BJP strongholds. Besides, on an average, 30 percent votes were deleted in BJP strongholds. BJP leaders alleged that the revision was done to ensure benefit for TRS and MIM keeping in view the 2019 elections.BJYM state public convener on enumeration, Ponna Venkataramana told The News that he has documentary evidence to show that the IRER was carried out in a partisan manner to benefit the TRS and MIM.

Quoting from circular No.690/Elec/GHMC/2017/528, dated October 11, 2017, Venkataramana said that more than 30 percent votes were deleted in 53 polling stations in Musheerabad, 60 polling s stations in Amberpet, 78 polling stations in Khairatabad, 120 polling stations in Goshamahal – where BJP has strong voter base.

However, the number of polling stations in which more than 200 votes were enrolled in these constituencies is just one, zero, one and zero respectively, while the new enrollments of more than 200 votes have been done in 29 polling stations in Chandrayangutta, 16 polling stations in Yakutpura and 36 polling stations in Bahadurpura assembly constituencies where MIM has strong base, he said.

Further, the GHMC officials are not disclosing the house numbers where more than 100 voters have been registered under one house number in the TRS and MIM strongholds. For instance, in Malakpet 9,962 voters were registered under 61 houses, while 12,083 voters registered in 64 houses in Charminar, 7,027 voters registered in 42 houses and as many as 17,402 voters are registered in just 90 houses in Yakutpura assembly constituencies. All these constituencies are held by MIM, Venkataramana said.

He also compared the polling station vise votes secured by BJP candidate in Yakutpura assembly constituency during the 2014 elections with that of the votes available in those booths as on October 11, 2017, which clearly shows that the revision was aimed at hitting the strongholds of the BJP alone.

According to him, BJP candidate from Yakutpura assembly constituency secured 723 votes in polling station (PS) No.1, 613 votes in PS.2, 697 votes in PS.3, 645 votes in PS.4, 524 votes in PS.5, 884 votes in PS.6 and 521 votes in PS.7. However, after revision, the number of votes left in the above polling stations respectively is just 318, 197, 262, 88, 89, 43 and 191.

“We have lodged protest with the GHMC officials wherever we have identified gross irregularities. But the GHMC offic ials have accepted and carried out corrective measures only in some polling stations,” Venkataramana told The News.

He claimed that the votes of even those present in the same houses were removed. This has been done at the behest of MIM and TRS leaders. He also alleged that the GHMC authorities are not providing nazari naksha (a map demarcating the houses that come under one polling station) copies because the revision is not being carried out as per nazari naksha.

“If the revision is done as per nazari naksha, bogus votes can be removed. But the GHMC officials are not ready to do that because they are loyal to MIM and TRS leaders only and not to the people,” he said.

Venkataramana said they were approaching the High Court for justice after the GHMC announces the final electoral rolls. He also said that they will bring the culprits to book and prevent the MIM and TRS leaders from carrying out their nefarious designs.

It may be recalled a report titled ‘voter enrollment mafia’ was published in these columns in January 2014 issue which discussed in detail how some corrupt GHMC officials in collusion with MIM leadership had enrolled large number of bogus votes on the strength of which the MIM candidates won the 2014 elections.

The News secured documents which show several families got more than one voter ID card with different registration and serial numbers – i.e. one person would be able to cast more than one vote in the same election.

MIM leaders could garner bogus votes in favour of their candidate. Large number of bogus votes had been prepared during the special summary revision 2014 and the draft photo electoral rolls published on November 18, 2013 showed the glaring irregularities wherein same person was issued with more than one voter ID card just by changing either his name or his father’s name or even by adding a sub-division to the house number in which he resides.

Until now, it was just MIM that used to resort to voter enrollment mafia. Now, the TRS has joined the bandwagon and intensified the illegal activity taking advantage of being in power, Venkataramana alleged.