EC ensures Sanctity of Electoral Roll to Kerala High Court

Soni Satti

The Election Commission In a statement submitted before the High Court that all reasonable measures to ensure the electoral roll’s sanctity is maintained and that no one will be permitted to vote in the upcoming Kerala Legislative Assembly elections without authorization.

The statement is in response to a petition filed by Kerala Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, who alleges that the Election Commission’s electoral rolls contain fake electors and double entries of voters.

The case is currently before a bench consisting of Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chaly.

The Commission sets out the process for modifying the electoral list in a statement filed by the Commission’s Standing Counsel, Deepu Lal Mohan. It is claimed that the method of withdrawing entries is much more rigorous, although the electoral roll is complex to allow for voter migration/deletion and new entries. The Commission’s statement explains, This is to avoid any wrongful deletion which may deprive an eligible elector of his voting right.

The Commission contended that it has taken all practical measures to ensure that no voter votes more than once, and it asks the Court for adequate guidelines.

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