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ACAUT seeks deletion of 4 lakhs bogus voters

Saturday, 12 August 2017 11:54
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Dimapur, August 11: The ACAUT Nagaland has filed a PIL in the Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench, praying for deletion of 4 lakhs bogus voters in the state. State Chief Secretary, Chief Electoral Officer, Election Department, Government of Nagaland and the Chief Election Commissioner, ECI, have been named as respondents in the PIL.

In a press release, the ACAUT said on September 27, 2016, the Chief Electoral Officer, State Election Commission had admitted in public interaction that there are still about 4 lakhs bogus and multiple names in the state electoral roll. 

According to ECI guidelines, the Elector-Population Ratio should not be more than 65:100, but the CEO Nagaland, in an RTI reply furnished to the ACAUT on January 31, 2017, pointed out that there are still 70 polling stations across 23 constituencies (out of 60) where the e-roll of the polling station/village is more than the total population of the polling station/village, thereby pointing to e-roll malpractices. 

The PIL urged the respondents to implement in toto Sections 17 & 18 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 where "No person shall be entitled to be registered in the electoral roll for more than one constituency".

The PIL wanted that the respondents particularly the Election Commission of India be directed to conduct Intensive Revision of the Electoral roll in the State of Nagaland before the 2018 State Assembly Election so as to ensure free and fair election, etc.

The ACAUT wants the Election Commission to issue direction and inform all voters enrolled, especially Government servants, the implementation and implications of Section 17, 18 & 31 of the Representation of the Peoples Act, 1950, read with Section 420 of IPC of those who have enrolled in more than one place of its consequences explicitly and clearly of its violations.

(Page News Service) 


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