The petitioner raised several apprehensions about the deletion of voters in both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana through EC’s software that is identifying duplicate voters following a specific code. The bench was of the opinion that the credibility of the electoral process will not come into question even if the details of the voters along with their Aadhaar and other documents come out in open.
“People should not try to block such details. If more such details are available in public space, it is more better for the people and they will find it easy to verify the credentials of their candidates through public search engines,” the bench said.
ECI counsel Avinash Desai told the bench that the petitioner was confusing everyone by mixing up things. Software identifies duplicates and it is a tool to identify any possible mistakes. But deletions won’t be done by a software. Deletions happen after a huge process, like notice to the parties etc. Anyone who is affected by the deletion can always file pleas, but not persons like the petitioner on behalf of unknown people. We give notice to the person whose name is sought to be deleted under section 22 of the representation of people Act,” the EC counsel said.
Referring to the request to delete Aadhaar details from voter lists, the counsel said that ECI is not using Aadhaar details of individuals ever since Supreme Court barred the linkage of voter card with Aadhaar card four years ago. “Electoral registration officer (ERO) is the competent authority in each district for additions and deletions and it is not correct to say that the EC interferes in EROs duties,” the counsel said.
The bench sought these details in the form of a counter from the Election Commission of India and posted the case to Monday.
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