FIR against fake names for electoral rolls: Delhi CEO

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New Delhi, Jul 6 (UNI) Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Satbir Sailas Bedi today called upon Delhi denizens to register themselves for the ongoing electoral roll revision exercise only once to avoid punishment.

Coming down heavily on those who had filled Form 6 (meant for inclusion of names in the electoral rolls) under fake identities, the CEO said registration of names at more than one place, intentionally, was punishable with fine or sentence or both.

''This is not justified as it is unduly adding to the burden of officials busy in verifying the forms. FIRs against such people are being lodged.'' Informing the media that nearly ten lakh such forms (Form 6) had been received, after the door-to-door verification drive, which by any standards was not justifiable, Ms Bedi said FIR against those having made such false representations were being made.

''In the earlier door-to-door verification drive and on the basis of disposal of claims and objections, more than 40 lakh names were added to the electoral list. Therefore, there is no demographic explanation for such a huge receipt of Form 6 within a period of two weeks.'' With delimitation of Assembly Constituencies and preparation of Photo Electoral Rolls for all the 70 newly delimited Assembly Constituencies high on the agenda, this extra undue burden was hampering progress in that direction because as per the schedule ordered by the Election Commission of India, the draft of the Photo Electoral Rolls was required to go public by August 1 this year, she said.

However, the Delhi CEO said various teams were being dispatched to verify all the claims made through Form 6 while adding that of the total cases investigated so far revealed that 30 percent of them were non-existent.

''The EROs (SDMs/ADMS) of the concerned Assembly Constituencies have registered FIRs against such applicants.'' Ms Bedi also informed that the last ''intensive revision exercise'' in all the 70 newly delimited Assembly Constituencies had concluded on March 14 this year.

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