The CPM has been in the dock with visuals of bogus voting in Kannur district coming out. Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena has said strict action will be taken in the wake of proof of such bogus voting being put out.
The visuals on local TV channels shows women too engaged in bogus voting.
Congress candidate in Kannur Lok Sabha constituency K Sudhakaran alleged that there was large-scale bogus voting in many polling booths and with the visuals out, there was need for immediate action. Immediately after polling on April 23, he had raised this charge and said there were incidents of violence against UDF workers by CPM.
One of the visuals from polling booth number 19 at AUP School Pilathara in Kannur district which is part of Kasaragod constituency, shows a person casting vote twice.
The visuals of six persons involved in bogus voting in the same booth were put out by a channel. Images of voters of other booths casting vote using fake identity cards were also there. The presiding officer was helpless as the bogus voting went on and local political leaders were seen inside the booth.
A woman voter and panchayat member is seen casting her vote twice. She wipes the ink on her hair as soon as it was smeared on her finger. A voter of another booth was found voting at booth number 19.
There is also a visual of a woman, who waited in the long queue, finally realising on arrival in front of polling officials that her vote had been cast by someone else. She finally left without voting.
Meena said while the Election Commission would take action, an election petition could also be filed in court, he added.