15,000 duplicate voters, Murali tells EC

Submits nine sample details along with petition

Congress leader K. Muraleedharan, who was legislator till recently from the Vattiyurkavu Assembly constituency, has petitioned the Chief Electoral Officer alleging that over 15,000 duplicate names had been detected in the voters’ list ahead of Monday’s byelection here.

He has also provided nine sample details about the duplicate voters in his petition to substantiate his charges. He said it was shocking that in many cases, the duplicate names were in the same booth, next to each other, while in other cases, duplicate names appeared at neighbouring booths.

Suspecting a larger plot to sabotage free and fair elections in the constituency, Mr. Muraleedharan said some of the voters had committed impersonation with the help of duplicate voters’ IDs.

False affidavit

He said furnishing of false affidavit by the voters invited punishment per offence under Section 31 of The Representation of the People Act (RPA), 1950, but the criminal negligence on the part of officials invites punishment as per Section 32(1)-Breach of official duty in connection with the preparation of electoral rolls. He maintained that Section 171(D) of lndian Penal Code and Section 62 of RPA also forbade malpractices in elections.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Muraleedharan accused the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Bharatiya Janata Party for the duplicate enrolment. Usually, the CPI(M) displayed alertness in such matters, but in this byelection, they were surprisingly silent.

The BJP candidate was not in the picture in electioneering, he said, to substantiate his charge of an underhand understanding between the two parties.

With regard to the Nair Service Society support, Mr. Muraleedharan said it was in connection with protection of faith. The NSS support would strengthen the UDF which would get the votes of all believers, he added.

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