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Naidu complains to poll panel about irregularities in voters’ lists

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Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu lodged a complaint with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on Friday, highlighting several irregularities in the voters’ lists. In a letter addressed to the CEO, released to the media here, Naidu stated that the ruling party is engaging in various irregularities, and the prescribed procedure for enrolling voters is not being followed. He emphasised that the necessary changes in the electoral rolls are not being made in accordance with the Electoral Manual-2023.
Citing Rule 6 of the Registration of Electors Rule-1960, which clearly specifies that the rolls should be arranged according to house numbers, Chandrababu pointed out that this rule is being violated. Additionally, he alleged that ineligible persons are being enrolled through online registration with Form-6 and claimed that the names of voters from opposition parties are being deleted under the directions of the ruling dispensation.
Expressing concern that the complaints made by TDP leaders have not received adequate attention, Naidu remarked that Bulk Form-7 applications are not being accepted either online or directly. He demanded that those raising objections and seeking the deletion of certain names from the voters’ list provide necessary evidence. Making an appeal to the CEO, he urged the initiation of steps to ensure that there is no recurrence of such irregularities in the final list. Chandrababu Naidu also called on the poll panel to issue orders to the Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) and the District Electoral Officers (DEOs) to take necessary action within the stipulated time, complying with statutory rules.

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