Congress opposes proxy voting in LSG polls
Thiruvananthapuram: Congress-led Opposition expressed protest over the government’s plan to bring in proxy voting system for elections to local self government bodies in the state. Congress alleged that proxy votes will subvert the public verdict and the state election commission is helping CPM to regain power with proxy voting.
The State Election Commission is planning to conduct the local body election by the end of October. Amid the growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the SEC proposed proxy voting facility for COVID patients, people under observation and those who are above 65. With the proxy voting system, a person will be allowed to cast vote on behalf of another member in his family.
The SEC had asked the government to amend the Kerala Panchayati Raj and the Municipalities Act to bring the postal ballot and proxy voting provision in the elections and extend the time of voting for an hour.
The state government is gearing up to amend the act after receiving the recommendation from SEC.
But, now the opposition has come up against the move to introduce proxy and postal voting in LSG polls.
“Administration in panchayats and wards witness a change in the election verdict for a few votes. CPM will try to influence the voters and subvert the election,” alleged Congress.
Congress also expressed strong disapproval against the plan to bring proxy voting without consulting the political parties.
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala directly phoned the State Election Commissioner and expressed his disapproval over the matter.