380,000 duplicate voters in Mumbai, BJP tells poll panel

June 12th, 2008 - 1:13 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday lodged a complaint with the Election Commission that the voters’ list in a Mumbai constituency has 380,000 duplicate names and requested the poll panel to take corrective measures in this regard. “We studied the voters’ list prepared after Jan 1, 2008, of the Mumbai North Lok Sabha constituency and found there were 380,000 duplicate voters,” senior BJP leader Ram Naik told reporters.

Naik said the total voters in this constituency were 18.2 million. “So, there were 21 percent duplicate voters in this constituency … which is a huge number,” Naik said.

The BJP lodged a complaint with the chief electoral officer of Maharashtra and then met Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswamy, who reportedly assured them that appropriate action would be taken in this regard.

BJP sources said that such a high number of duplicate voters could change the electoral fortunes of a candidate as victory margins in most cases were within five percent between the winner and vanquished.

The party now plans to go through the voters’ lists in other constituencies to check for duplicate and fake voters.

“We are also checking the names of the family members to see if the name is duplicated,” Naik said.

The booth level committees formed by the BJP will keep a close tab on these lists, party sources added.

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