Jaipur, Aug 16: Rajasthan Congress has alleged there were over 42 lakh duplicate entries in the voter list of poll-bound Rajasthan.
A delegation of the Congress team from Rajasthan urged the Election Commission to remove all inconsistencies and discrepancies to ensure free and fair elections.
The delegation comprising former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, state PCC chief Sachin Pilot, CP Joshi, Avinash Pande, besides Vivek Takha met the Election Commission officials and raised objections over alleged irregularities in the voters’ list.
The Congress leaders also alleged that as many as 70 lakh voters had been added in voters’ list from 2013 to 2018.
“It would be imperative for the Commission to intervene and ensure preparation of a sanitized final electoral roll in view of the inconsistencies highlighted in the report to ensure a free and fair election in the state of Rajasthan. It is requested that the Commission sanitizes electoral roll as published by the CEO, Rajasthan on July 31, 2018 and remove all inconsistencies, duplications and omissions to ensure that the same is correct and transparent,” said a memorandum submitted by the Congress leaders to Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat.
They also sought directions to all state poll officials to conduct a physical verification of the electoral rolls.
Gehlot said there were over 42 lakh names, which were duplicate and the EC needed to rectify this error to ensure free and fair elections.
Tankha said that the normal increase in voters in the last one year before elections is one to two per cent, but it has been abnormally high of 3-4 per cent in Rajasthan, which needs to be investigated.
“There are 42,08,841 duplicate voters in the list. How could you have hundred people with the same name, same gender, same relatives,” he asked.
Pilot alleged that as per the EC data, the duplicate names have same name, gender, father’s name in constituencies across the state.
“We have asked the EC to look at the authenticity of the voter’s list that has been so far provided on the website. The CEC said he will look into the matter, but we hope he does it within a time frame,” Pilot said.
He also highlighted before the EC that there were a large number of cases in the state of more than 100 names on a particular address and asked the EC to investigate.
The Congress leaders requested the Election Commission to remove all such entries from electoral rolls of 200 Assembly constituencies.