About Voter List Management

JCCD’s engagement with the issue of poor urban voter lists dates back to approximately 2005. Stemming from its desire for enhancing and increasing electoral participation, JCCD’s work in this area has taken a range of forms. Starting with the verification of the voter list in Rajajinagar, Bangalore to signing a landmark MoU with the Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka on electoral roll management, JCCD has driven several successful projects over the last decade. In the last few years, JCCD has also focused on conducting research around the hygiene of voter lists to develop objective, data driven information on the nature and scale of errors that plague them and today, this research driven program forms the core of Janaagraha’s Voter List Management Program.

Initiated in 2010, the research program has evolved significantly over the years. From being conducted only in Bangalore’s assembly constituencies and wards, it has expanded to several cities across the country. We aim to scale it up to a critical number of cities that helps us understand the true nature and extent of issues inherent in urban India’s electoral lists and help us develop solutions.

Studies undertaken

Using both quantitative and qualitative tools, the research team at Janaagraha works on gathering accurate and credible data. This program also intends to create a community of entities, both research based and otherwise, interested in solving the issue of urban electoral lists and voter participation. Janaagraha is also an integral part of the Exploring Electoral Change in Urban and Rural India (EECURI) network, constituents of which also include:

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University – Centre for Political Studies, New Delhi
  • London School of Economics, London
  • Sciences Po (CERI and CDSP), Paris

What the Voter List Management program aims to achieve:

With increasing urbanization and the resultant movement between cities and towns as well as within cities, the accuracy of voter lists is decreasing. Current electoral roll management systems are not capable of guaranteeing accurate voter lists in urban areas. The research team at JCCD, through its Voter List Management Program, aims to create a body of objective data and information that can aid discussions around quality of voter of rolls and advocate for a robust voter list management process.

JCCD had successfully completed a survey on the quality of Delhi’s electoral lists just before the assembly elections held early 2015. The Main Report can be found here and a Summary here.