April 27, 2014

The mysteries of 'dead' and 'deleted' voters


Praveen Chakravarty, Visiting Fellow at IDFC Institute talks about the disastrous implications of deletion of voter names from electoral rolls in Mumbai.


He writes "The outrage over this deletion of certain prominent citizens in Mumbai from the electoral lists, amplified by media outbursts, has rightly raised the ante, amid calls for re-polling. However, the Election Commission's voter list data has long been suspect. According to Election Commission data, 150,000 voters were added to the voter list in Mumbai for the 1999 Lok Sabha elections vis-a-vis the 1998 election. But 27,000 voters were deleted for the subsequent 2004 election and, miraculously, 450,000 voters were added back for the 2009 election. Mumbai was apparently an attractive city to live in from 2004 to 2009 but a terrible city from 1999 to 2004....

Electoral voter lists that add new voters and remove dead or relocated voters largely follow net population growth trends, in the absence of external shocks. Election Commission data give the impression that Indians procreate heavily in one five-year time period and die heavily in a subsequent five-year period, with spurts of massive internal migration between states - which we all know is not what we experience in reality".


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Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
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