AP Chief Election Officer Dwivedi rules out the theft of voters’ data
Andhra Pradesh Chief election officer Gopala Krishna Dwivedi finally has responded on the data theft case which created disturbances in the Telugu states. He ruled out the theft of 3.5 crore voters’ data as alleged by a few political parties.
In a media meet at Amaravati, Dwivedi said that the information of the voters can be accessed by anyone which is available in public domain. He also said that the Election Commission's data doesn't include Aadhaar number or the bank account details attached with it. He then responded on the accuses made by the Telangana Police based on the complaint lodged by T Lokeswar Reddy. “I don’t understand why Telangana Police is responding to complaints filed to the Election Commission. However, the data confiscated from the IT Grids India Pvt Ltd does contain social details of all Andhra Pradesh voters,” said Dwivedi.
He also made it clear that the Election Commission doesn't have anything to do with the politics surrounding this data theft allegation. "There are 45,000 booth-level officers in the state. There can be a few corrupt here and there,” he noted. Responding on the concerns over Form-7, Dwivedi said that there used to be one lakh applications a day for deletion of voters and the number has come down drastically these days.
The Election Commission also took the considerations of the netizens who approached them via Twitter about their name deletion in the voters' list. Few of the voters complained that Form-7 was filled with their names which came to their notice after a phone call from a particular party people.