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Spl camp: 1.25 L in city apply for inclusion of names in voters’ list
The Greater Chennai Corporation received more than 1.25 lakh applications seeking the inclusion of names to the voters’ list during the four-day special camp, even as allegations are raised that bogus voters were being enroled ahead of the Assembly poll.
During the special camps on November 21 and 22, and December 12 and 13, 1,25,010 Form-6 applications were received seeking inclusion in the voters’ list. Corporation officials attached to the election department said they have never received such a large number of applications.
Among the 16 assembly constituencies in Chennai district, the highest number of applications were received from Perambur (12,545), followed by Virugambakkam (11,225).
The Corporation had received less than 14,000 applications between February, when the final voters’ list for the previous year was released, and November, when the draft electoral roll was released.
The civic body had not received a single Form-6A application, which is for the inclusion of name in the electoral roll by overseas Indian voters.
This apart, 13,317 applications were received for making corrections (Form-8) and 19,056 were received for changing address (Form-8A) in the voters’ list. Also, 4,800 applications were received for deleting the names from the roll. In all, 1,62,183 applications were received at the special camps.
As per the draft electoral roll released on November 16, the assembly constituencies in the city have more than 39.40 lakh voters. After the scrutiny of the applications is completed, the final voters’ list will be released in January or February.