Chief Electoral Officer of Karnataka (CEO-KA) has published the list of applications for inclusion in the electoral rolls, ahead of BBMP elections in Bengaluru. 3,66,640 of 4,65,377 applications are approved. However, a search for voter names (with relative names) as given in the list show that more than 99% of these names are not added to the voter list for the forthcoming BBMP elections. Either the citizens are not included as voters though their applications are shown approved or the names are entered differently from what is shown in the approved list.
Of 58,097 applications for deletion of names from voter lists, 44,730 are approved. However, sample checks with EPIC numbers show that none of these records is deleted.
Thus, with supporting data to infer from, I suspect that about 4,00,000 approved requests for registration are not included as voters in State Election Commission (SEC) rolls for the BBMP elections. They seem to be included in Chief Electoral Officer’s (CEO) rolls. SEC might have taken an older version of voter database from CEO, thus making new registrations irrelevant for the BBMP elections.
Where is the problem?
Here is an example that could help the authorities to find the cause of the problem. Also, they may find reason for just created duplicate records.
At http://ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in/ClaimsObj.aspx list for claims for Mahadevapura constituency shows a claim at serial 32069: 11/03/2015, Kameshwari, N. Subramanian (H), Application is Approved- Part No is 305.
At http://ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in/vernacularSearch_New.aspx# search with name shows one record with details matching with the claims status. EPIC# SVF7127467.
At http://22.214.171.124/SearchbyID.aspx search by EPIC# gives message “No Records Found in Electoral Roll.” This is the site to search voter records for BBMP elections.
Voter repository at CEO and SEC are not synchronised though the voters are same and the same people maintain the rolls for CEO and SEC both.
Strangely, search at http://ceokarnataka.kar.nic.in/SearchWithEpicNo_New.aspx# with EPIC# SVF7159478 gives a duplicate record for the voter. This shows that the system continues to create duplicate records regularly. Though the issue is repeatedly raised for the past several years, CEO has not taken remedial actions to correct the situation.
I think that the applications received during the registration drive were updated in CEO’s Electoral Roll Management System. SEC borrows dumps from CEO and then publishes them after changing part numbers by wards. This is what I understood based on my discussions with SEC a few months ago. DEOs and EROs are the same for CEO and SEC.
Out of this 4 lakh+ applications, there would be some fake applications. 11,370 applications were rejected between February 01st and 26 July 26th. Even when applications are genuine, CEO creates duplicate entries with bad software and callous attitude.
Today, on August 14th 2015, I checked at CEO website as well as BBMP website. Approved additions and deletions reflect when we query for voter data at CEO website, but not on BBMP website. So, we have a serious situation where registered eligible voters do not appear on the rolls and ineligible deleted voters continue to be in the rolls.
Top of CEO-KA website home page says National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Program. Slogans all.