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EC rejects Congress charges of fake voters in MP

New Delhi, June 9: After a probe, the Election Commission (EC) has rejected Congress’ charges of enrolment of fake voters on a large scale in Madhya Pradesh electoral rolls. It had set up two inter disciplinary teams to verify Congress’ allegations of 60 lakh fake names in the voter list. In its letter to the Congress dated June 8, the commission said: “From the evidence collected from the ground and the analysis of data made available with the complaint suggest that the claim of large scale duplicate, repeat, multiple, illegal, invalid, false etc entries/voters in the electoral rolls of Madhya Pradesh is not based on robust parameter and is not correct.” The EC had sent the teams to four Assembly constituencies — Narela, Hoshangabad, Bhojpur and Seoni-Malwa — which were shortlisted randomly from the list mentioned in the complaint on June 3.

The EC has also instructed the Chief Electoral Officer of the state to carry out “intensive verification” of the complaint in all other constituencies in a time-bound manner. As per the reports submitted by the inter disciplinary teams, 2,397 of 2,442 entries in Seoni-Malwa alleged by the Congress to be similar were found to be genuine and 45 entries were in the process of deletion. The commission concluded that the “allegation of large scale entries of multiple voters in these four Assembly Constituencies in not borne out”. “In addition to the complaint of duplication in the voters’ list, it was pointed out that there has been unexplained growth in the electors in the state of Madhya Pradesh as the EP (elector population) ratio which used to be 52.76 per cent in 2008 increased to 61.45 per cent in 2018. (IANS)