Hubballi Voter Data Theft Case: DC to Submit a Report to the EC

Gurudatta Hegade
Gurudatt Hegade

Hubballi: Following the registration of an FIR at the Old Hubballi police station regarding alleged data theft of voters, Deputy Commissioner Gurudatta Hegade visited the Old Hubballi police station on Friday.

He summoned Congress leader Rajat Ullagaddimath, the complainant, and sought details about the incidents. Rajat told media persons outside the station that he briefed the DC about the incident, and the DC, after listening to him, asked him to send an email to his office narrating the entire thing.

Deputy Commissioner Gurudatta Hegade said that he would send a detailed report about this issue to the Election Commission. “I visited this station to gather the details; I was asked to send a detailed report to the Election Commission,” he said.

Regarding the deletion of names from the voters’ list, the DC replied that since 2018, around 99,000 voters in the district have been deleted, of which 47,000 names were found to be duplicates. The Election Commission website flagged the duplicate voters with the same name and photo, and following the procedures, those names were removed, he said.

The BLO’s collecting the death certificate data from the Death Registration Office visit the houses and confirm the death, and after that, those names were deleted. This aside, those who have migrated from the district have been deleted, he said.

All this data is very transparent, and it is available on the EC website. Every week, political parties receive data on new voters who have been added, deleted, or migrated. “If someone’s name was deleted by mistake, bring it to the attention of the administration, which will rectify it immediately,” he asked the political parties.

He said in connection with the Thursday incident; the DC said a detailed investigation would be conducted and a detailed report would be prepared, and we would find out for what purpose they were collecting the data and for what purpose this data could be used.

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