EC probing Cong allegation of 6 million bogus voters in MP
04 June 2018
The Election Commission (EC) has ordered a probe into allegations of large-scale discrepancies in the voters’ list in Madhya Pradesh after the Congress Party complained of large-scale manipulation of voters list.
The Congress has alleged that there are at least 6 million bogus voters in Madhya Pradesh, which is headed for assembly elections in November. It has also submitted ‘evidence’ to the EC to buttress its claim.
“We have provided evidence to the EC. There are approximately 60 lakh fake voters registered in the state. These are not merely mistakes. The lists have been deliberately altered at the behest of BJP government in the state,” MP and state unit Congress chief Kamal Nath said.
“How is it possible that the state’s population has increased by 24 per cent but the number of voters has gone up by 40 per cent?” he asked.
The poll panel formed four teams, consisting of two members each, to probe the matter. The panel has been asked to submit a report by 7 June.
The panel has been asked to inquire into each specific issues raised in the Congress Party’s complaint, find out ‘alleged fake voters’ names, if any’, pinpointing how it happened and fix responsibility to initiate appropriate action.
The probe teams will visit Narela, Bhojpur, Seoni-Malwa and Hoshangabad assembly seats to ascertain how the discrepancies occurred, the EC said, adding that the panel will also fix responsibility for multiple and fake entries.
The Congress has submitted a memorandum to the poll panel along with instances of multiple entries of the same voter with different names at he same address in a given assembly constituency as well as those of one voter listed in multiple assembly constituencies, again with the same address.
It has sought the removal of all duplicate entries in the electoral rolls of 230 assembly constituencies to conduct free and fair elections.