Ensure people with multiple votes cast only one vote, HC directs EC
Kochi: The Kerala high court directed that action should be taken to ensure that those who have multiple votes are casting only one vote during the election. The court also accepted the guideline of the Election Commission regarding the vote rigging issue. The high court directed that the Election Commission can seek help of the Central Police Forces to ensure unbiased conduct of the election.
The presiding officers of all booths will be given a list of those who have double votes and those marked as ASD (Absent, Shifted, Death). Booth Level Officers (BLO) will be verify this by directly visiting the residences of these people. The list of double votes has been prepared in all constituencies and this list was handed over to the EC.
The court further directed that when those who have multiple votes reach the polling booth, their photo should be captured and an affidavit should be collected from them. Also they will be allowed to leave the booth only after the indelible ink smeared on finger is dried. This guideline of the EC has been accepted by the court.
The Election Commission informed the high court that strict legal action will be taken against those who found to have cast multiple votes. The court issued the directive in connection with the petition filed by Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala requesting to put an end to rigged votes.