Thiruvananthapuram: State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Teeka Ram Meena informed that he has given instruction to the district collector to take strict action against the officials concerned in the incident of bogus voting in Pamburuthi in Kannur.
In a press conference here, the CEO confirmed that 9 persons had cast 12 bogus votes in Pamburuthi.
Charges under IPC section 134 will be taken against the presiding officer, first polling officer and micro observer. Apart from this, Meena has asked the district collector to take departmental action against them.
“Bogus voting is an unpardonable offence. Those who cast bogus votes in Pamburuthyi had pleaded guilty and requested forgiveness. But they know that it is unjustifiable offence. Charges under Section 171C, D and F are suggested,” Meena added.
A person named Sayooj had cast vote at booth number 52 in Dharmadom. He is actually a voter at booth number 47. It has been instructed to probe the participation of the official who helped Sayooj to vote. Meanwhile, the part of electoral officials in the incident of bogus voting in Dharmadom will be probed, Meena further said.
Earlier CEO had confirmed that 13 bogus votes were cast in the Lok Sabha polls in Kerala on April 23. It was found that bogus voting took place in Pamburuthi and Dharmadom, which is Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s constituency.