Many constituencies in Kerala usually witness a close contest and if the margin is wafer-thin then duplication of votes play a key role. Opposition leader earlier alleged that government officials who have allegiance to the Left trade unions were behind the move.
The court directed the EC to take all possible steps to prevent duplication of votes and asked the voter to file an affidavit if his/her name cropped up in more than one constituency. Chennithala said after going through the verdict he will take appropriate action.
He had approached the court last week claiming that as many as four lakh multiple entries were found in the voters’ list and in some cases a voter had more than five votes in different booths. But the EC maintained that only 38,586 duplicate entries were found and most of them were clerical errors while renewing the voters’ list. The EC also informed the court that strict measures were taken to stop duplication of votes. The court also directed the EC to deploy enough central forces in sensitive booths.
News Source : Hindustan Times