Residents of Indirapuram are Shocked and disheartened as they unearthed a huge scam on irregularities in the voter’s list of Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam elections. now it is to be seen whether faith in fair election process can be reinstated as the matter is under investigation. More than 800 names in the voters list of Ward No. 49, Makanpur, have been repeated several times. Besides, the names of several residents from more than 90 societies have been missing from the list. Earlier, residents thought it was just a printing mistake, but then the reality came to light.
"The GNN elections for post of corporator, mayor and others are going to be held soon. Booth level officers (BLOs) were supposed to visit each tax payer's house and add the names of the residents in voters list. However, the BLOs visited some houses and pasted a blue sticker on the main door of the house denoting that the house has been covered, without taking information of the residents. When we checked the list, there were extra members mentioned in most of the houses, who didn't even belong to Indirapuram," revealed Sanjay Singh, general secretary, Federation of Ghaziabad Residents Welfare Association.
Due to such a repetition, the people whose names have been repeated can vote in different polling booths favouring a particular candidate.
A similar case was seen in Indirapuram during the last elections as well wherein a petitioner had also filed a case against such practices. "In last elections, something similar happened. Names were repeated several times. When we reported about this issue in court, we were told that such matter should be brought before elections.
This time too, they have done the same thing and we are reporting about it beforehand. Now, we are waiting for strict action from the administration's end," said a petitioner on condition of anonymity.
The Federation of Ghaziabad Residents Welfare Association has now submitted a memorandum to Additional Divisional Magistrate (East) and requested him to recheck the voters list and organise voters' camps in different societies of Indirapuram, Ghaziabad for including the names of residents in the list.
"Since we stay in a democratic country, the administration should keep an extra vigil on such activities. RWAs of different areas should be involved while making a voters' list. Only a well-defined coordination between authorities and RWAs can end such activities," added Sanjay Singh.
Ram Krishan Sharma, Additional Divisional Magistrate (East) said, "We are investigating about the matter and we'll make sure that the final list doesn't have such repetitions. A strict action would be taken against guilty."
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