Bogus vote plaints swell; repoll likely in many Kasaragod, Kannur booths

Bogus vote plaints swell; repoll likely in many Kasaragod, Kannur booths


The case of bogus voting is getting murkier in Kerala with parties left, right and centre hurling charges and counters against each other. Close on the heels of the cases in Kannur and Kasaragod, has come the charge of bogus voting in Idukki constituency also.

In the wake of mounting cases from the Kasaragod and Kannur constituencies, political observers expect the Chief Election Commission to order re-polling in several booths. “It will be no reason to be surprised if the Election Commission orders repoll in Kannur and Kasaragod constituencies as not a booth appears to have been spared from bogus voting,” said a political observer who has been close to CPIM.

The tough stance taken by Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena had embarrassed the CPIM most as he ordered police case against three of its activists and even action against one of its panchayat members in the Kasaragod constituency. The CPIM state secretariat has decided to seek the concurrence of its central leadership for legal action against Meena.

The CPIM as a counter came out with visuals of UDF activists, mainly Muslim League workers, engaged in bogus voting in Kasaragod. Meena did nothing to spare the two League activists and has ordered cases against them. On Sunday, Congress handed over to the Kannur District Collector details of 199 bogus votes cast in Kannur Lok Sabha constituency. This was part of a team of Congress to collect details about bogus voting.

The list has name and serial number of the voters, name, serial number and booth of the bogus voters accompanied with video footages. The booths covered are in CPM strongholds like Dharmadam, represented by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Interestingly, a good number of women were believed to have engaged in bogus voting in these areas. Many of them are either people's representatives in the local bodies or former representatives.