Bogus voting reported at multiple places; CPM branch secretary stopped by agents in Idukki

Thankamma. Photo: Manorama

Kochi/Thiruvananthapuram: A woman voter from Ernakulam constituency on Friday alleged that a fake ballot was cast in her name during the Lok Sabha Elections in the State. Thankamma from Kattasseri House in Elamkunnapuzha claimed that a bogus vote was cast in her name before 10.30am at booth number 132.

A 66-year-old woman has also complained that her vote was registered one hour prior to her arrival at booth 43 in Pothencode Mary Matha School in Thiruvananthapuram. She returned after registering a tender vote. With the presence of CCTV, it is hoped that it will be possible to find out who cast the fake vote. The incident took place in the booth belonging to Nedumangad constituency under Attingal Lok Sabha constituency.

Two fake votes were allegedly cast in Idukki's Karimannur. The fraudulent votes were cast in booth numbers 63 and 66 of Karimannur Holy Family LP School. It is alleged that the vote of a woman and man were cast before them by someone else. 

The CPM Branch Secretary Biju was stopped from casting bogus votes at Idukki's Chakkupallam. UDF booth agents prevented the Left activist from casting a vote in booth 80 after voting in booth 77.

'Wrong symbol appears on ballot in PTA'
A woman voter from Kumbazha in Pathanamtitta has claimed that the BJP symbol appeared on her ballot, despite voting for the UDF candidate. Even though she brought the issue to the attention of the presiding officer, she was warned of a six-month jail term if the allegation was found to be false. Consequently, the individual refrained from lodging the complaint. The incident has sparked a heated debate among BJP, Congress, and CPM activists at the location. UDF candidate Antony Antony alleged that the vote intended for Congress was credited to the BJP. Meanwhile, CPI MLA KU Jenish Kumar alleged that the complainant was a woman from Antony's neighborhood.

Meanwhile, a voter who reported an error in the placement of his cast vote at booth no 17 in Edakkad, near West Hill in the Kozhikode parliamentary constituency, is likely to face legal repercussions. 

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