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Irregularities in voters’ list for Konni: UDF

10,238 dual votes detected, 12,623 unauthorisedly removed, says MP

The United Democratic Front has alleged extensive irregularities in the voters list for the Konni Assembly segment perpetrated by employees owing allegiance to Left trade unions at the instance of the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF).

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Adoor Prakash, MP, and P.Mohanraj, UDF candidate in Konni, have said that a perusal of the final voters’ list for Konni by the UDF workers has identified as many as 10,238 dual votes in it.

According to them, these voters were found to be having dual voting right at more than one polling booth in the Assembly segment. They have managed to obtain dual voter identity cards too, Mr. Prakash said.

He further alleged that as many as 12,623 voters have also been unauthorisedly removed from the voters’ list for Konni.

Similar to Attingal

The CPI(M) has done similar irregularities in the voters list prepared for the Lok Sabha elections held in the Attingal constituency and the Returning Officer had removed the dual votes from the list on the basis of a complaint received from the UDF.

The LDF victory over the UDF in the recent byelection held in Pala by a narrow margin too might have been due to similar manipulations in the voters’ list, Mr Prakash alleged.

A person enrolling his name in two separate polling booths, after obtaining two voter identity cards, was the method adopted by these manipulators and it required a cursory perusal of the voters’ list to find the irregularity, he alleged.

For instance, the voter with serial number-22 of booth number-99 in the Konni Assembly segment is also a voter with another serial number-819 of booth number-104.

The voter with serial number-723 of booth number-131 is a voter with serial number-1021 at booth number- 131 in Konni, Mr Prakash alleged.

Mr Prakash said, that way, the voters list prepared for Konni Assembly segment has got more than 10,000 dual votes.

They said the UDF would file a complaint to the Returning Officer and the Chief Election Officer, seeking effective steps to check fake voting in the ensuing bypoll in Konni. If the authorities failed to act, the UDF workers would stop the dual voters at the polling booth.

Action not taken

They accused the Election officials of not taking any action on the nearly 3,000 applications filed promptly by the UDF, seeking entry to the voters’ list, for reasons best known to the authorities concerned, the UDF leaders alleged.

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