Kannur /Kasaragod: The state election Commission decided to check voters who wear Pardha by removing face cover in re-polling to be held in Kasaragod and Kannur constituencies on today. A Special woman officer is entrusted with the duty at each 6 booths in Kannur and 1 booth in Kasaragod. The woman officer is cross checking the photo on the identity card after the voters’ face cover get removed and a special spot to be aligned for the purpose at booths. The voters are reportedly cooperating to the rules implemented by the EC on removing face cover to get checked their identity.
The State Chief Election Commissioner Teeka Ram Meena said as per law presiding officer should identify the face of the voter and these alignments were not done in April 23 polls in ongoing Lok Sabha election in the state. A DYSP rank police officer is entrusted with duty at each booth to ensure the smooth polling which started at 7am and ends at 6pm. At each booth webcasting and video shoot is disposed to hinder bogus voting.
Ensued the demand to remove voter’s face cover during voting by MV Jayarajan, CPI (M) Kannur district Secretary to the Collector, the State’s Chief Election Commissioner decided to setup alignments. Though his statement triggered large scale controversies from political parties, Muslim League and Congress, the voters are accorded to the law at polling booths.
First ever in history re-polling is held in the state following complaints lodged over of bogus voting.