Concerns Rise as EC Deletes Around 5.5 Lakh Voter Names in Hyderabad


Available details on the electoral list in the Hyderabad constituency, the number of electors marked as absent, shifted and dead (ASD) at the time of assembly elections was 1,09,117.

Team Clarion

HYDERABAD – Concerns are being raised over the deletion of about 5.5 lakh names from the voters’ list during the last year in the 15 assembly constituencies of Hyderabad.

Hyderabad, comprising 2 Lok Sabha seats, is scheduled to vote in the second phase of polling on May 13.

In a statement on Wednesday, an election official of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) said a total of 47,141 dead voters, 4,39,801 shifted voters, and 54,259 duplicate voters, (totalling 5,41,201 voters) have been removed from the electoral roll following instructions from the Election Commission of India.

“Sincere efforts were made to ensure that polling stations are located not only in reachable areas but also to adhere to all ECI norms,” said the official.

The official said the District Election Officer, Hyderabad, who is also GHMC Commissioner, has taken all steps for the purification of electoral rolls, to ensure voter facilitation and for the conduct of free and fair elections.

The Congress party in Telangana has expressed shock over the deletion of 5.41 lakh voters ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) senior vice-president and the party’s election commission coordination committee chairman G. Niranjan has written a letter to the Election Commission highlighting the importance of the accuracy of the voters’ list.

Acknowledging the necessity of removing individuals with fake addresses, as well as the deceased and duplicate voters, he cautioned against the inadvertent exclusion of genuine voters during the purification process.

Available details on the electoral list in the Hyderabad constituency, the number of electors marked as absent, shifted and dead (ASD) at the time of assembly elections was 1,09,117. The ASD list is usually prepared with information received after the preparation of the final electoral rolls, hence not incorporated therein. The information was verified during the Special Summary Revision of Electoral Rolls in January this year, and deletions were done accordingly, reported The Hindu.

The highest number of deletions was in the Nampally Assembly constituency at 21,407, of which 15,963 were marked as shifted voters, 2,843 as dead and 2,601 as duplicate voters. This is way less than the actual number of voters in the ASD list, at a whopping 62,000, largely at the behest of the Congress contestant, Mohammed Feroz Khan.

In all other constituencies, the actual deletions were way higher than those mentioned in the ASD list. Jubilee Hills followed Nampally with 21,222 deletions, of which 16,658 were shifted voters, 3,754 duplicate voters and 810 were deceased.

Karwan had 20,722 deleted voters, of whom 12,527 shifted homes, 4,827 were duplicates, and 3,368 were deceased.

Chandrayangutta, Yakutpura and Bahadurpura were other assembly constituencies where the number of deletions was quite high.

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