Extend time to update voter lists, BJP tells poll panel

August 19th, 2008 - 10:25 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 19 (IANS) As assembly polls in six states are inching closer, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) delegation met the chief election commissioner here and requested him to extend the time limit for updating the voter lists.A six-member BJP delegation led by Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and including Yashwant Sinha, Vijay Goel, Arun Shourie, Prakash Javdekar, Ramakrishna and R.B. Sharma Tuesday submitted a memorandum to Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami.

The party, through its memorandum, tried to draw the commission’s attention to various issues relating to elections.

“Several states and areas in the country have been badly affected because of floods during the last two months, where large numbers of people have not been able to get their names included in the voter lists. Therefore, the time limit for updating the voter lists be extended,” said Naqvi.

“The photo voter lists carry many mistakes with regard to names and photographs. This ought to be re-examined in all the Lok Sabha and the state assembly constituencies in a big way so that all such mistakes are rectified,” he added.

The states in which assembly elections are likely to take place this year are Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir and Mizoram.

The BJP said that many new dwelling complexes and big residential colonies have recently come up in urban areas. Thousands of people living in these new colonies have been left out of the voter lists. Similarly, in many villages where several dwellings are located apart from each other, no polling centres have been established.

“It is requested that at all such places, polling booths or mobile booths be arranged,” the delegation told the election commission.

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