Kerala Assembly polls | EC vigil pays off
Despite the priority that a number of entries within the electoral rolls might pave manner for bogus voting, the problem didn’t forged a shadow over Tuesday’s Assembly polls.
Barring stray incidents, polling was comparatively free when contemplating the sheer magnitude of the controversy that rocked the election scene. Moreover, the tight vigil maintained by polling officers and extra preventive measures launched by the Election Commission appeared to have paid off.
“Our officials had put in a lot of hard work and came out with a mechanism to prevent bogus voting, which was approved by the High Court and the Election Commission. It paid dividends,” Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena mentioned. “We have ensured that no bogus voting occurred,” he mentioned.
However, a number of complaints did make information. United Democratic Front candidate in Taliparamba V.P. Abdul Rashid demanded a repoll within the section, accusing the Communist Party of India (Marxist) of ‘capturing’ cubicles.
Allegations of bogus voting have been reported from Koothuparamba, Mannarkkad, Kalamassery, and Kattakada. At Mananthavady, Vypeen, and Parassala, some voters reportedly discovered that their votes had already been forged beforehand within the type of postal votes. Reportedly, these voters had by no means utilized for postal ballots.
In the run-up to the elections, it was Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala who flagged the problem, claiming that over 4 lakh ‘pretend’ voters have been current on the rolls. Both the UDF and the Bharatiya Janata Party had lodged complaints with the fee. On March 30, the fee knowledgeable the Kerala High Court that it might detect solely 38,586 demographically related entries within the rolls.
Subsequently, performing on a courtroom directive, the ECI had launched measures akin to capturing the fingerprint and pictures of voters on the ‘absent, shifted dead/duplicate’ (ASD) listing equipped to the presiding officers to forestall a number of voting and impersonation.
Voters on this listing have been additionally required to present a declaration to polling officers. Moreover, election officers had warned the general public that makes an attempt to forged a number of votes or impersonate one other voter would appeal to stern motion.