Days after the Congress’ Ramesh Chennithala – the Chief of the Opposition in Kerala – filed a grievance earlier than the Chief Election Fee, alleging discrepancies within the voter record, Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena stated a preliminary inquiry confirmed a number of such situations.
“Now we have requested for an in depth probe in all 140 constituencies. As per the preliminary report of district collectors, we’ve got discovered that lots of the entries are double entry. In Kottayam 1,600 circumstances have been investigated, of which 590 double entries have been discovered. In Thrissur all 570 circumstances have been confirmed to be that of double entry. In Palakkad 2,004 entries have been verified and round 800 have been seen as a number of entries,” Mr Meena informed the media.
“An official has been suspended in Kasaragod district after it was discovered that he had accepted 5 playing cards for one individual,” he added.
“Now we have not been capable of see any political motives to this point. I’m trying into this side… to see if there’s intentional, motivated or foul play on the a part of the officers to present extra playing cards or create extra entries. We are going to establish them and take motion as per the regulation,” he stated.
Mr Chennithala had earlier alleged a conspiracy to create pretend voters to affect the results of subsequent month’s Meeting election in favor of the ruling entrance.
Calling the a number of entries “Demographically Related Entries (DSEs)”, Mr Meena stated this was not the primary such case and referred to neighbouring Tamil Nadu, which additionally votes subsequent month, and Bengal, which votes over an enormous eight phases beginning Saturday.
“As of January 20, Tamil Nadu had 3,71,944 DSEs and Bengal had 1,00,376. There are comparable circumstances in different states. Sales space-wise lists are ready with give attention to those that are absent, have shifted homes or are lifeless. These lists, the place an individual’s title is in lists from multiple location, are given to presiding officers, who then get each case bodily verified by the booth-level officer. We do that very significantly… however now that these allegations have emerged, we’re taking this much more significantly,” Mr Meena added.
He stated that on this election almost 50 per cent of cubicles in Kerala could have web-casting services. Within the 2019 Lok Sabha election, re-polling was ordered in seven cubicles in Kannur, he acknowledged.
Mr Meena additionally referred to conferences with politicians in numerous districts, however clarified that no allegations – about discrepancies in voter lists – had been raised at these talks.