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EC may display voters list on Internet: CEC

March 05, 2003 17:28 IST

Concerned over the increase in 'manipulation' of electoral rolls in the country, the Election Commission is contemplating various steps, including displaying the voter lists on the Internet to check the practice.

Chief Election Commissioner J M Lyngdoh said that legal action is not an appropriate deterrent to this practice.

He said the Commission is working on new measures to implement the election code of conduct and instructions in this regard would soon be issued.

Lyngdoh said thousands of names are deleted from the electoral rolls 'for no reason' and 'those included [in the voters list] who should not be there'.

He said, "It is happening because there is electoral revision every year," adding, "[and] for us in the Commission, it is not possible to monitor this process in every corner of the country."

Meanwhile, replying to a question about the Commission's indictment of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for announcing several pre-poll sops in Sattankulam constituency ahead of the bye-polls there on February 26, he regretted that even indictments do not make politicians 'ashamed' and expressed the Commission's helplessness in dealing with such a situation.

"We are supposed to be in a civilised democracy wherein we deal with politicians with some repute," he said.

Lyngdoh expressed helplessness of the EC, "If in such an open society, people of such sort do not feel ashamed for what they have done."

He, however, hoped that 'such people will get a little embarrassed in due course of time'.


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