Amid complaints of voters’ names missing in the electoral list in the just concluded Parliamentary polls in the state, Makkal Needhi Maiam’s Lok Sabha candidates have launched an online campaign to collect details of the voters whose names were deleted from the list and help them trace it out through RTIs.
“Significant deletions in electoral rolls have affected voting in South Chennai. MNM will work towards addressing this through suitable RTI applications and campaign,” R Rangarajan, MNM candidate from South Chennai tweeted sharing a google document link.
The Chennai South constituency secured the dubious distinction of polling just 56.41 per cent votes — the lowest in the state. The issue of voters’ names going missing has become a common complaint across the state, particularly in several areas of Chennai.
Rangarajan, who is MNM’s executive committee member, said that as of now, over 100 people have registered in the online document and would run the campaign for a week. He said that they would ask the public to file RTI applications to find out why their names were removed.“It is a kind of drive to ensure that people get to know why their names were deleted and it does not repeat in the future,” the ex-IAS officer said, adding that he has the option of filing a complaint with the Election Commission and also file the RTI with relevant election authorities trying to find out why their names were deleted.
Pointing out that noting could be done with the elections getting over, he said that at least it should serve as a remainder to all these district electoral officer and others who are responsible for the voters’ list. “It is easier to say that there was time to check (for the public). There are people who have checked. People who have registered in the google doc mentioned that they have submitted the relevant forms but still their names are missing,” he said.