Thiruvananthapuram, January 14 : Opposition UDF has come out against the state election commission’s decision to use the 2015 voters’ list as the database for the forthcoming local body elections.
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala told reporters in New Delhi that if needed, the opposition UDF would move court against the election panel’s decision.
Chennithala told reporters that updating the 2015 list by adding 40 lakh new voters would be an uphill task and put the public to unnecessary hardship.
The state election commission the other day confirmed that it was going ahead with the decision to use the 2015 list as the database.
It had reasoned that using the voters’ list compiled for the 2019 lok sabha polls as the database for the upcoming local body polls was not feasible. Ward-based voters’ list was required for the three-tier local body polls since elections were held to various wards. For lok sabha elections, voters’ list was based on the assembly constituency level.
Opposition UDF had expressed reservations about using the voters’ list of 2015 compiled during the last local body polls. They alleged that using the same list would pave way for ineligible names getting included in the list. Even names of those who passed away since 2015 could figure in the list, they had warned.
The ruling LDF had also shared the opposition’s concerns over the state election commission’s decision to use the 2015 voters’ list instead of the 2019 lok sabha list for the upcoming local body polls.
However, the LDF government has now accepted the election panel’s decision to go ahead with the 2015 list. Minister for local self-government A C Moideen said that the election commission’s decision was final and binding and that the state government would go along with it.