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Plaint over ‘illegal inclusion’ of 820 names in voters’ list

PANAJI: Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte, on Saturday, filed a complaint before the Chief Electoral Officer  (CEO) Shri Kunal over the alleged illegal inclusion of 820 non-Goans in the electoral roll of the Porvorim constituency.

“Non-Indians/migrants, especially, from Manipur and Mizoram, working in casinos, who are temporarily staying in rented premises in Porvorim are being illegally helped by an individual affiliated to one of the companies running casinos in Goa, in filing Form-6 through online mode and getting them registered in the electoral roll with incomplete and bogus documents, without cancelling their previous voter registration,” claimed Khaunte.

He said that “these illegalities are being done through registration on a single IP address by a single person thereby violating the rules framed by the Election Commission of India.”

In the capacity of a local MLA from the Porvorim constituency, Khaunte has sought details from the CEO and has also urged the poll panel to investigate the matter and take an appropriate action.

“This is evident and serious illegality which will materially affect the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections,” the minister said adding that if the outsiders continue to register as voters with the help of bogus documents then the existence of Goans was at stake.

Khaunte said that CEO Shri Kunal has assured to look into the matter, adding that  he would also raise this issue with the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant as the particular individual has threatened to manage the government and the media if they raise this issue before the concerned authorities.

Later in the day, along with the panchas and sarpanchas of his constituencies, Khaunte met Porvorim police inspector and briefed him about the alleged illegal inclusion of 820 non-Goans in the electoral roll.

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