Kerala Chief Electoral Officer TR Meena has confirmed fees of bogus voting at a ballot sales space in Kannur district, which falls within the Kasargod Lok Sabha constituency, through the third section of the Lok Sabha elections.
Hours after voting was accomplished on April 23, the Congress alleged that three ladies had solid their votes twice in violation of guidelines. It additionally posted movies backing their declare on social media.
“The preliminary report submitted by the returning officer of the district has confirmed that three ladies indulged in bogus voting by casting their votes twice. Two of them weren’t even residents of the realm falling below that individual sales space. A preliminary inquiry has discovered the ladies to be supporters of the LDF,” Mr Meena informed reporters as we speak.
The LDF or Left Democratic Entrance (LDF) in Kerala is led by the Communist Occasion of India (Marxist).
“The returning officer has been requested to file police complaints in opposition to the three ladies. Authorized motion can even be taken in opposition to the ballot officers of this sales space as a result of they didn’t fulfil their election duties,” the Chief Electoral Officer stated.
The Communist Occasion of India (Marxist) has rejected the cost, sustaining that the three ladies had been current within the sales space solely to carry out “open voting”, which includes helping voters who’re unable to solid their votes independently. It has welcomed a probe into the allegations.
Information company PTI quoted Mr Meena as saying that as one of many three ladies seen engaged in “bogus voting” is a serving panchayat member, she could also be required to step down from the put up. He additionally claimed that he was listening to the time period “open voting” for the primary time.
“As per our legislation, there is no such thing as a open vote. After I requested the collector about this, he informed me the time period would be the colloquial parlance for assisted or companion voting. Perhaps there’s a native reference like that, however even within the case of a companion vote, the voter have to be current contained in the sales space. They may have introduced the voter in a wheelchair,” he informed reporters.
Kannur is seen as a Left bastion.
With inputs from PTI