Bogus voting claimed, Re-polling Sunday

The state election commission of Kerala decided on Thursday to re-conduct polling on Sunday in four booths. Bogus voting had been suspected during the polling on 23 April in Lok Sabha elections.

“The re-polling would be held in three booths of Kalliasseri and in one booth of Taliparamba”, the commission said, in a release. “The voting will be done from 7 am to 6 pm on the day”. Lok Sabha polls held in the constituencies on April 23 are nullified by the election commission.

“The decision was taken based on the reports given by the chief electoral officer, the returning officers and general observers”, release stated. The contenders of the LS elections, who had raised allegations against the workers of ruling CPI(M) of bogus voting, welcomed the decision.

“The Congress party would extend support to the efforts of the EC to cleanse the polling exercise by checking bogus voting”, Mullappally Ramachandran, KPCC president and opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said. A panchayat member, with three women activists of the ruling CPI(M), had been earlier booked on charges of bogus voting.

Local television channels aired the CCTV photage  visualising three women voting more than twice. The state chief electoral officer, Teeka Ram Meena later, had confirmed that three Congress-led UDF workers also casted bogus votes as presumed by the ruling CPI(M)-headed Left Democratic Front in Kasaragod constituency.

The LDF had released 'digital evidence' of the bogus voting by two men, suspected to be IUML workers, in a polling booth in Kasaragod.

(story from news agencies) 

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