New Delhi: Election Commissioner HS Brahma on Friday admitted to lapses in the election procedure and apologised to people for missing names in voters list across the country. "I apologise firstly that such a large number of our Indian voters were unable to cast their votes," Brahma said speaking to CNN-IBN.
He said that the lapse will be looked into after the elections. "Once we declare result of 2014 we will go for fresh enumeration. We have to find out how it has happened. I have not seen this kind of massive operational mistake. I can't understand how so many names can be missing," he said.
Brahma blamed the lapse on the lack of supervision on the ground. "This unauthorised deletion happened due to lack of supervision on the ground. I think it could have happened at the ground level due to lack of co-ordination. This is a lapse on our part, we should acknowledge and rectify our mistake," Brahma added.
This came a day after thousands of Mumbaikars complained that their names were missing from the voters list and a PIL will be filed in the Bombay High Court on Monday in connection with this.
"The EC had issued several advertisements in newspapers urging people to check their names in the voter lists online well in advance. Those whose names are missing can be added when the EC updates its lists from the 20th of May," the Maharashtra EC said.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan had also blamed corporate leaders for not checking if their names were on the list or not. "I don't understand why corporates are complaining about their names missing from the electoral list. They could have checked it before the voting day. Don't they check their names on the list before boarding an international flight? I can understand if slum dwellers make such complaints," Chavan said in an interview with CNBC-TV18.
Corporate leaders including HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh also complained about their names missing from the voters list. "My name is not in the voters list. I have always cast my vote from here. I kept waiting for my voter card and that did not arrive," Deepak Parekh said.
"None of our names are there except my younger son. We voted last time, then why can't we vote now," questioned a Mumbai resident.
"They want the voter slip, they say a voter ID card is not important. They are simply saying that if our names are not there in the list, we can't vote," another Mumbai resident said. Mumbai had on Friday recorded a medium turnout of 53 per cent.
In the last phase of polling in Pune, nearly 1 lakh names were reported to be missing. Angry residents protested at the Pune Council Hall. The BJP joined the protests, demanding re-polls in Pune.