NEW DELHI, Nov 9 – Raising doubts over the sanctity of the draft electoral rolls 2013, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on Friday alleging gross discrepancies, suggested intensive revisions of the Voter’s List, besides calling for 90 per cent reservation of Lok Sabha and Assembly seats for indigenous people.
A delegation of AGP led by working president, Atul Bora and general secretaries, Durgadas Boro and Pradip Hazarika called on the Chief Election Commission, VS Sampath to register the regional party’s protest in this regard. The meeting was also joined by the two Election Commissioners, H.S.Brahma and Dr. Nasim Zaidi.
Later briefing newsmen at a press conference that was joined by Rajya Sabha MP, Biren Baishya, AGP leaders said that the draft roll published on October 19 was not in conformity with the rules and procedures prescribed by the Election Commission for summer revision of the rolls.
The most glaring instance of irregularities is that the draft photo electoral rolls have shown as being signed by district election officers on January 23, 2013, which is the date of publication of the final list. It is illegal and highly objectionable for someone to sign post-dated in such a sensitive document as that of voters’ list. It cannot be valid and acceptable, AGP declared.
The regional party has also objected to the omission of the word ‘draft’ from the voters’ list. There is an apprehension that the draft voters’ list, which is supposed to be published or filing objections may subsequently be considered as final list taking advantage of the ignorance of the voters, alleged Bora.
The AGP has demanded an inquiry by the EC and steps to rectify the anomalies in the list and publication of a revised list after entertaining all valid objections from eligible voters.