Following a exhaustive enumeration work taken up by the SEC, about 52 lakh names of 'excess' voters had been deleted and 20 lakh new voters had been added. This was done as per the direction of the Election Commission. The final voter's list released today excluded the urban areas coming under city corporations and municipalities, including Bangalore. The final rolls for these urban areas would come out on March 20, Chief Electoral Officer Rama Sheshan said today. Speaking to reporters he said this would be the final list under which the coming elections would be held. The SEC would not accept any objections based on this list as it was final.
However, voters whose names was still missing from this list could get their names added, he said. He said the work on delimitation of Assembly and Lok Sabha segments in Karnataka was progressing smoothly and it would be completed soon. Karnataka will be the first state which goes to poll after President Pratibha Patil gave assent to the Delimitation Commission Commission's report recently, he said.
CEC N Gopalaswamy during his visit to the city last week had hinted at holding the elections before the six month tenure of the President's rule came to an end on May 28.
The state government officials connected with the election work had assured the CEC that the delimitation process could be completed soon.
Congress and the BSP however said the elections could not be held before May as voter's list contained a large number of 'bogus voters' and delimitation process. However, BJP and the JD(S) had demanded that election be held before May 28.
Meanwhile Election Commission Deputy Commissioner Jayapriya Prakash would visit the city tomorrow to review the preparatory work.
Mr Rama Sheshan said the issue of voter's ID cards would start from March 15.