Court asks state election commission to justify Shimla MC electoral roll deletions

Shimla: High Court today granted a weeks’ time to State Election Commission for responding to a petition alleging that names of 35,000 voters were deleted from the electoral rolls for elections to Shimla Municipal Corporation.

Hearing a petition by three councilors Maheshwar Chauhan, Sudhir Azad and Anil Chauhan and one lady Meera about preparation of electoral rolls for the municipal elections due to held in May, the division bench headed by Chief Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Chaudhary passed orders that the matter be listed for 18th April.

The petitioners have alleged that the names of around 35,000 electors have been deleted from the electoral rolls for MC elections.

The petition states that draft electoral rolls have been published in the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Shimla office as well as the MC. Last date for inviting objections from aggrieved electors whose names had been deleted was April 4.

The petitioners have alleged that they represented to the DC as well as before the State Election Commission to make electoral rolls of the year 2007 as the basis for maintaining and updating the roll or to extend the time for inviting objections, but to no avail.

With the State Election Commission seeking a week’s time to file reply to the petition, the court posted the matter for April 18.

The term of the present corporation house expires on June 4 and elections have to be held before the term expires.

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