Kerala Opposition Leader ‘leaks’ list of over 4 lakh bogus voters

Ramesh Chennithala
Former Kerala Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala likely to be made AICC general secretary

Kerala State Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala on Wednesday released the full list of 4.34 lakh voters whose names were found to have entered twice or multiple times in the voters’ list for the upcoming assembly elections.

The list was released on the website Releasing the list, the office of the opposition leader said it contains the names of duplicate voters in each booth, and the names of voters whose photographs have been used for committing fraud in other booths and also other constituencies. The list also includes the constituency number, the booth number, the name of the candidate, the name of the voter and the voter ID number and the ID number of the same voter in other booths. The website has been designed in such a way that one can choose a district, and the assembly constituency in it to find the details of the duplicate voters. The public can verify the online list and provide information to the Election Commission, Mr. Chennithala said. The EC had failed in assessing the scale of voter fraud in Kerala.

It had tasked block level officers to detect the organised wrongdoing. However, BLOs were restricted to their jurisdiction and could not see the scam that spanned constituencies and districts. Mr. Chennithala said the number of people with multiple electoral identity cards could be higher than the total detected by him so far.