District Congress Committee (DCC) president V.S. Sivakumar has requested the State Election Commission to conduct repolling in booth number six of Nalanchira ward where students of St. Mary's Malankara Seminary were allegedly denied the opportunity to cast their votes.
In a statement released here, Mr. Sivakumar also urged the commission to conduct an inquiry into the incident.
The statement said nearly 100 students of the seminary were denied the opportunity to cast their votes following the intervention of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) candidate from the ward. The United Democratic Front candidate in the ward had also complained to the commission and the returning officer about the incident.
Mr. Sivakumar alleged in the statement that activists of the CPI(M), with the help of a section of the police, were involved in widespread bogus voting in the city Corporation elections.
He said that the CPI(M), fearing that it would lose the Corporation polls, had made a planned effort to conduct massive bogus voting.
“The absence of photographs of voters in the voters' list helped the CPI(M) activists in this. The party had specially entrusted teams with casting bogus votes at various polling booths in the city,” the statement said.
It alleged that CPI(M) supporters dismantled cameras kept on court directions in some polling booths at Pettah and Kattayikonam. They also attacked the cameramen at certain places, it said.
“A woman candidate in Poonthura ward who tried to stop the CPI(M) activists from casting bogus votes was also attacked. Kuravankonam, Mannanthala, Medical College, Chakka, Kowdiar, Veli and Vettukad are some of the other wards where bogus voting has taken place,” the press release said.
‘Activists let off'
It said the police had arrested CPI(M) activists at Edavakode who were found to have in their possession chemicals that erased the indelible ink dabbed on fingers of voters. However, they were released from police custody following the intervention of the CPI(M) leadership, it said.