Over 5,500 Dead Voters In Kolaras Constituency, Says Madhya Pradesh Election Officer

| April 24 , 2018 , 14:50 IST

A letter from the Madhya Pradesh Chief Elector Officer (CEO) Saleena Singh to the Election Commission of India revealed that more than 5,500 dead voters had been found in the voters' list of Kolaras assembly constituency where bypolls were held on February 24.

The letter quoted by media on Tuesday specified that there were 5,537 dead voters and 1,918 multiple entries in the voters' list during the by-election in the Shivpuri district of Kolaras. The large numbers of dead voters and multiple entries indicate that booth level officers, the electoral registration officer, and the district electoral officer (DEO) did not do proper monitoring.

The details of the voter list came to light in a reply to an RTI application filed by anti-corruption activist Ajay Dubey.

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“There are complaints of alleged irregularities in voters list of the state. We will approach the EC for speedy action on the issue to ensure fair elections,” Dubey said, demanding action from the EC against the Shivpuri collector.

In the Kolaras constituency bypolls, the Congress candidate Mahendra Yadav had emerged winner with 82,515 votes, beating the BJP candidate Devendra Jain who got 74,432 votes.

Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat in Indore recently had admitted that discrepancies had been found in the electoral rolls in Madhya Pradesh and assured that they would be rectified before the state assembly polls by the end of the year.

“Certainly, there are lapses (in revision of the rolls). After a probe, ineligible names will be removed from the list and new names will be added so that before the coming assembly polls, a correct voter list is prepared,” he had told reporters on April 9.