Protests In Telangana After Names Disappear From Voter Lists

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Several voters in Telangana protested on Friday after they reached their polling booths to find that their names were missing from the electoral rolls.

Security researcher Srinivas Kodali, who was also affected, tweeted a video of voters in Hyderabad complaining about being unable to vote:

Many others, including badminton star Jwala Gutta, have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment with the Election Commission of India (ECI), asking #WhereIsMyVote.

Gutta also shared a video in which she told doubters that she had checked her name on the electoral rolls three weeks ago, but still found it missing on polling day.

The development has revived persistent concerns that the Election Commission of India may have removed millions of legitimate voters from state election rolls as part of the controversial 2015 National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP).

In November this year, HuffPost India reported on how the ECI and UIDAI sought to use Aadhaar-linked biometric authentication, and unproved algorithms, to toy with the most fundamental right of any citizen in a democracy—the right to vote.

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