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1767 bogus voters alleges Utt Goenkara, submits memorandum to ECI

Utt Goenkara has submitted a memorandum to the Chief Election Commissioner of India seeking deletion of 1767 voters from the electoral roll of Reis Magos village of Saligao constituency before the ensuing polls.

Alleging that the voters were migrants who had illegally entered their names on the electoral roles, Utt Goenkara has warned that they will be forced to approach the court if the elections are conducted without the deletion.

“If elections are held without deleting the names, Utt Goenkara will term the conduct of the elections not to be in interest of democracy and will have to challenge the results of the election in the court of law,” said Advino Fernandes, general secretary of Utt Goenkara. He felt the illegal inclusion of migrants has led to injustice to the Goan community.

Fernandes said, in reply to his RTI application in July 2011, the Mamlatdar of Bardez had stated that the supporting documents of the migrant voters sought by him were not available.

However, Fernandes claims repeated pleas by the NGO to authorities to delete the voters have gone unheeded. Damian Teles, a member of Utt Goenkara, said, “The officials ask Goans to provide numerous documents to get a ration card done, but migrants are given a ration card within eight days.”

When asked why he chose to focus only on Reis Magos, Fernandes said “I am a resident of Reis Magos and I thought I’ll first clean my village and then think of other places.”

He said that bogus voters were enrolled in not only Reis Magos but parts of Nerul, Saligao and Sangolda of the constituency. Fernandes has also called for action against candidates filing false election declarations.

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