The Electoral Rolls in India are neither verifiable nor auditable. This means that elections are held on a directory of people who may not exist, may live in different constituencies or even vote multiple times. Despite writing to the machinery in 2011 it has taken no cognisance of even arranging the rolls alphabetically or according to house number to make it easy to spot duplicates, fakes and deletions as is rehired under the rule 6 of the Registration of Electors Rules.
The addition and deletion of names is outsourced by the Election Commission to Political Parties. There is no evidence to show that they would not be influenced by their conflict of interest in selectively adding or deleting names. To compound the problem the Election Commission of India has permitted use Aadhaar as the proof of address and proof of identity, that it is not. The Aadhaar is merely a random number assigned to access unverified and unaudited data submitted by various private enrolment agencies including political parties or their agents. The data held by these private parties can be used to fill forms that add persons to the electoral roll or delete them, and submit an Aadhaar as the POI/POA without the knowledge of the persons.
Such Electoral Rolls, that are neither verified nor audited, amount to booth capturing or fraudulently interfering with the process of an election whereby members of a party occupy a polling booth, excluding and voting in place of those people who should be eligible to vote there.
Democracy is under siege. The elections are a sham under such Electoral Rolls.
This presentation sums up the plight of Electoral Rolls in India giving an example of Pune.
Presentation at Seminar on "Role of Civil Society in enhancing transparency".