Cong urges EC to correct 'faulty' electoral rolls

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Bangalore, Jan 4 (UNI) Citing glaring discrepancies in the electoral rolls in many parts of Karnataka, the Congress today urged the Election Commission to order for revision and set right the 'anomalies' before the mid-term elections, likely to be held later this year.

Addressing newspersons here, Karnatka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President Mallikarjuna Kharge said due to serious lapses in the enumeration of voters list by the officials, discrepancies had surfaced in the latest electoral list.

Citing an example, he said the total population of Humnabad town in Bidar district was 36,000, including that of about 9,000 children. However, the number of voters in the electoral list was over 30,000.

''There are similar complaints in Bagalkot, Bijapur and Gulbarga districts and the Election Commission should take note of these serious lapses and take immediate measures to correct it,'' he urged.

Similarly, in Shahapur town in Gulbarga district, there were several homes which had 90 to 100 voter's names. ''If it is not corrected, it would hamper the political prospects of candidates,'' he said.

Mr Kharge said KPCC would send a letter, to this effect, to the CEC and Governor Rameswar Thakur.

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