Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar today said that the Commission was setting right the electoral rolls in the wake of complaints about deletion of eligible names, and existence in the rolls of names of non-existent people, duplicate names, and people with false names or photographs.
Interacting with media persons at the Secretariat, Rajat Kumar said that the ECI had instructed the Telangana office to fix the problems pertaining to the voter list to ensure that all genuine voters could exercise their franchise and that there were no wrong entries. The process for fixing the issues regarding large scale deletion of voters was going on, and would be comleted at the earliest, he said.
"We are using the latest technologies, and they will help check duplicates, mismatches of names and photographs, and any other issues with the electoral rolls," he said. "We will complete the process in the time given by the EC."
The CEO said that it was surprising that 22 lakh voters had been removed from the electoral rolls. During the 2014 general elections there were about 2.83 crore voters in the list, and now the number had come down to 2.61 crores, resulting in the list being checked for veracity, he said.
A special summary revision of the electoral rolls was also going on at the booth level in districts, he added.
"We have adequate numbers of booth-level officers in all the polling stations, and the EC is monitoring the process regularly," he said.