Enroll your name before July 8th if you want to vote in BBMP elections

Long-pending demand of the electoral roll experts to introduce a software to trace electoral roll anomaly has been finally paid heed to. With the BBMP polls is less than a month away, the State Election Commission has come up with a special software to detect errors in electoral rolls including duplication, repetition of voters names with same photograph etc.

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner G Kumar Naik who is in-charge of BBMP polls, said that the software has detected discrepancy in over 35,000 cases in BBMP election voters list. During cleaning up exercise using the software, duplication, incomplete details, missing photos were found out and they are now being verified, he has said. The total number of eligible voters in BBMP limits is 71.22 lakh.

The State Election Commission has fixed July 15th as the last date for enrolling names in the voters list. However, it is advisable for the citizens to enroll their names before July 8th. Once the names are enrolled, 8 days time is given for filing objections and claims. Voters enrolled after July 8th, though will be added in the electoral rolls, will not get an opportunity to vote in the upcoming BBMP polls, said an election officer from BBMP’s election branch.

Ensure your name is on voter list

It can be recalled that the Election Commissioner tried to modify the voter list, but accidentally deleted lakhs of entries, most of which were of valid voters. Their attempt to restore the deletion was unsuccessful and lakhs of voters had to reregister themselves. Hence it is adviable to check your name on voter list to ensure your name still exists.

(At the time this writer visited these links, they were found to be offline, however we assume it might be a technical glitch.)

Those who wish to include / delete / modify their names in the electoral rolls can make it before July 15th. You can make the entries by visiting the nearest Bangalore One Centres (offline and online) or the BBMP ward offices, or register online at http://voterreg.kar.nic.in/

For more information, you can refer to the Citizen Matters electoral guide.

Activist takes exception to captcha-protected electoral roll

P G Bhat, a retired naval officer and an electoral reforms activist who has been constantly demanding for introducing a software to clear duplication in electoral rolls, takes exception to this. He is of the opinion that not just 35,000, but there are lakhs of discrepancies in the electoral rolls. His comments are based on the rolls that the State Election Commission has taken from Chief Electoral Officer – Karnataka.

Bhat has also questioned as to why the electoral rolls published by SEC in its website are Captcha-protected and are in image format. The electoral rolls uploaded in the website are not available to extraction and analysis, which is against the principle and spirit of open data, he said in his blog.

Referring to the direction of the Chief Election Commissioner to CEO-Karnataka when similar hindrance to access electoral rolls was caused in January 2013, P G Bhat says that the CEC had then directed the CEO to remove Captcha and publish the rolls in PDF-Text format. ECI directives require the rolls to be open documents in text format. Though the SEC does not come under ECI, the spirit of free and fair elections and access to data by public do not differ between local body elections and those for Assembly and Parliament.

Removing Captcha and publishing the rolls into PDF-Text format, will make electoral rolls searchable and also help analyse their quality. Citizens who are interested to do electoral roll analysis can help the SEC to get a quality analysis of the rolls. Bhat has also demanded that the SEC improve search features in the electoral rolls with some contextual help. Mentioning of relative’s name should not be made mandatory while searching in the roll because the data is not mandatory in the schema, he says.

Some of the other suggestions include, providing a facility in the SEC website for the voters to give mobile phone number and personal detail. If an individual fills this space, SEC or BBMP can send his or her voter record details through SMS.

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10 Comments

  1. Hi Akshatha, my name is already included in the voter list in the Mahadevpura constituency. Could you please put some light on how to get the Voter ID card?

  2. when I check for my voter Id it says – Name entered in system. Waiting for AERO’s approval. What that means.

  3. My name appears in the voter list, however I am yet to receive the voter ID card. Please advise how/where can I obtain my Voter ID card &/or can I still vote if don’t receive it by polling day

  4. Mr. Ramanathan, deadline for enrolling names in the voters list has been extended, due to postponing of election. Citizens can continue to register, until the State Election Commission comes up with a fresh schedule.

  5. Hi Mrs. Akshatha,
    My case which should be so simple as per Form 6 provision, seems to be getting complicated. BBMP official has accepted my application and he said he will try and asked me to come after 15 days. I will have to wait and see.
    Do you know if 8th of July is still the hard date for submitting voter id application?

  6. Mr. Ramanathan, theoretically speaking, the voter who wishes to include his/her name in another assembly constituency, need to submit Form 6 to the AC (Electoral Registration Officer) of the new constituency. There is no need to submit Form 7 to the AC of previous constituency, asking to delete the name from the voters list. In this case, it is the job of the ERO of Mahadevapura Constituency to write to the ERO of Jayanagar asking to delete your name from the electoral roll and then include your name in Mahadevapura.
    However, when it comes to practice, most of the EROs demand the citizens to submit Form 7 in the previous constituency and get their names deleted, before filing Form 6 in the new constituency. (This is just to make their work easier!) Often, EROs do not take up the task of deleting the name from the old constituency, due to which the voter’s name will be enrolled in both the constituencies (which is a criminal offence!).
    In your case, you can fill Form 6 duly (not to miss out IV declaration) and submit it to ERO of Mahadevapura constituency and keep a copy of the form. If the ERO still demands to fill Form 7, then you can fight it legally.

  7. Hi Mrs. Akshatha,

    I have my name under Jayanagar AC, but i recently moved to Mahadevpura AC. I applied for Form-6 online and submitted the hardcopy of the application to the nearest BBMP help center. I basically had to delete my name in Jayanagar AC and add it in Mahadevpura AC. Does Form-6 sufffice the purpose ?
    The BBMP official was sceptical about this. He felt that i need to hand over EPIC card to Jayanagar office along with Form-7 for deletion. Post deletion, i need to submit Form-6 to Mahadevpura AC as per BBMP official. However, in the form-6 it is clearly mentioned that deletion will also be taken care along with enrollment in new AC.
    Could you please throw some light on this.

  8. Mr. D R Prakash, both the links work. You might have script related issues to open the PDF format. Please give us the Assembly Constituency number and Ward Part number or link of the PDF page you wish to download. We will download it for you and send.

  9. I tried to find my name in the list. But none of the links work. The first link says, no records found, when I tried to search with name. The PDF format never opened after entering the captcha, just the box disappeared.

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