Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik has asked the state Election Commission to inquire into the issue of missing names from the voters list in the ongoing municipal body elections.
He also asked the body to submit a report of the inquiry to him.
Speaking at a gathering in Kanpur on Monday, Naik said, “Election Commission has been asked to investigate into the complaints. If any kind of embezzlement is found then legal action will be taken against those who are responsible."
Naik further said that such complaints were also received in Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls, but could not be proved then. He asked the state election commissioner on Sunday to investigate every complaint received in the matter and provide him a copy of the investigation report.
Apart from Naik, former chief minister of the state, Akhilesh Yadav, has also expressed concern about the missing names from the voters’ list. He took to twitter on Monday, saying the issued need to be addressed as faith in the electoral process is the biggest need of democracy.
जब सांसद, मंत्री, मेयर तक के नाम वोटर लिस्ट से गायब हैं, तब आम जनता से वोट डालने की अपील का क्या फ़ायदा. इसे सुधारना ही होगा, नहीं तो जो उँगलियाँ वोट देने के बाद शान से उठायी जाती हैं, वो सरकार की मंशा पर उठने लगेंगी. चुनावी प्रक्रिया में विश्वास लोकतंत्र की सबसे बड़ी ज़रूरत है.— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) November 27, 2017
The national president of Samajwadi Party had also tweeted about the issue on Sunday.
Media reports that a lot of voters names are missing from the voting list of today’s election.This type of digital India cannot take us forward.— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) November 26, 2017
Meanwhile, on Monday, Lucknow District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma, suspended three booth level officers after the several names were missing from the voter list during the municipal elections. The action was taken after the state Election Commission questioned DM over the complaints and had him order a probe into the matter.