‘5 lakh’ to vote in PU senate polls, list not updated since 1948
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Campaigning is in full swing for the Panjab University (PU) senate elections scheduled to be held on September 23. According to PU voters list, over 5 lakh will be voting for the candidates, but the list has not been revised since the senate elections first started in 1948. Every year additions are made but names are not taken out, thousands have expired or shifted to another country but their names have not been taken off the list.
The contestants and the institute are aware of the problem and to prevent bogus voting, PU has asked the voters to bring one proof of identification to voting booths. The senate elections are held every four years and more than 75,000 new voters/freshers have been added to the list. The elections are being held in three categories: teachers, principal and graduate.
Mukesh Arora, a contestant for teacher's category and a previous syndicate and senate member said, "We had raised this point a number of times, but nothing has been done in revising this list. We suggested sending letters to the voters to get confirmation of existing voters. Our continued pressure has resulted in the introduction of the identification proof clause for the polls."
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