Probe sought on faulty Coop enrollment

, January 3: In wake of the spate of complaints of
large-scale irregularities in registering the voters for elections to
cooperative bodies, YSR Congress has demanded an inquiry into the entire
process and weed out bogus voters enabling free and fair elections.

“We will meet the Governor and submit a memorandum
to inquire into the entire process of voter registrations which has been taken
up in a hurry to avoid certain provisions of the Constitution,” Party advisor
DA Somayajulu told reporters here on Thursday.

“The elections to the primary agricultural
cooperative societies are being conducted in a fraudulent manner with the
eligible voters being dropped from the list and resorting to selective
enrollment. A thorough inquiry should be held into the process of enrollment,”
he said.  

The voter enrollment has not been transparent and
kept secret in many places and the membership figures have been cooked up to
gain political mileage. Even as the last date was expired, enrollment process
did not stop. To cite an example nearly 10 lakh names were added on the
penultimate day of closing date, he said.

Elections to the 2,949 cooperative societies should
be held in a transparent manner and the veil of secrecy should be removed so
that farmers, mostly tenant farmers, will take part in the democratic process,
he said.

If the elections are held after February, they will
come under the direct supervision of the Election Commission. To avoid that,
the State is rushing through the process in a hurry and there are anomalies
galore in enrollment of voters, he said.

The number of voters had gone up drastically in
Chittoor and Srikakulam districts though there is no change in the extent of
land under cultivation and such irregularities are taking place in every
district, he said.   

In the process, many bogus voters have come on
rolls while names of genuine voters were missing from the list. Though the
elections are of no major consequence, we are not against the conduct of the
polls to cooperatives but we oppose the manner in which the procedure is
cantering, he said.

We demand an inquiry into the enrollment process
and allow a free and fair elections by weeding out the bogus voters, he said
adding that the Party will meet the Governor an submit a memorandum to this

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