Instances of names missing from the electoral roll of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 have come up in the country. The first phase of polling, that began Thursday, witnessed a few.
Maruti Suzuki chairman R.C. Bhargava and Apollo Hospitals vice-chairperson Shobhana Kamineni — reported that their names were deleted from the voters’ list on the first day of elections, which prevented them from exercising their right of being a citizen of India.
“This is the worst day for me as an Indian citizen. I had gone abroad and came back as I wanted to exercise my franchise. I came to the booth and was told that my vote was deleted. Am I not an Indian citizen? Am I not counted in this country? Is my vote not important? This is a crime against me as a citizen and I will not tolerate this. I voted here in the Assembly elections in November. I feel cheated as a citizen,” Kamineni told a reporter at the Masab Tank polling booth in Hyderabad.
“I have an election card issued by the Election Commission. I had voted in the Assembly elections in 2017. I went to the polling station today and found that I could not vote. My name was on the list. But somebody had stamped ‘deleted’ across it. That meant that I could not vote. My question is: how do names get deleted without informing the person? There must be some process for it. Otherwise, it becomes completely arbitrary,” said Bhargava as he told how he found his name missing from the list in Noida on Thursday morning.