MEHRU JAFFER | 14 MARCH, 2019
This Missing Voter App Can Find You!
Mobile App called Missing Voters.
Thanks to 38 year-old software wizkid Khalid Saifullah, millions of voters can make sure that they are able to participate in the 2019 parliamentary elections.
It is now possible to download the Missing Voter App free of cost to find out if a voter’s name is on the electorate list, or not. The link to the App is just a missed call away at 8099683.
Saifullah, founder of the Missing Voter App and CEO of the Hyderabad based RayLabs told The Citizen that according to a study undertaken by him earlier he found that 15 percent of all voters and 25 percent Muslims are not present on the electoral list. Therefore approximately 12.7 crores of all voters and three crore Muslims cannot vote in the May 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
As a solution, Saifullah has launched a free mobile App called Missing Voters. This App has the details of all the street names of constituencies, the number of households on each street, and the number of voters in each household. The App can be used to identify missing voters, do a household survey and apply for a new voter id online. It is possible to download the Missing Voters App from the Google play store or after giving a missed call on 8099 683 683.
Saifullah says he first noticed that lakhs of Muslim names were missing from the voter’s list depriving them of their right to vote in the last parliamentary elections held in 2014. He studied the state of Gujarat where lakhs of Muslims were reportedly unable to vote as their name was not on the electoral list.
In the state elections in Karnataka, data showed that 18 lakh Muslim names were missing. In the 65 Assembly constituencies of Maharashtra it was found that the total of 8.06 lakhs single individual household accounted for 15 percent of total households. According to the census of India, Maharashtra has 4.3 percent of single individual households. The over representation of single individual household in the electoral list is approximatley 10.7 percent. Assuming at least one additional voter in the 10.7 percent additional single individual household shows a minumum of 25 lakh missing voters across hundreds of constituencies of Maharashtra, according to his calculations.
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