He addressed around one thousand management students by stating that he considered India as one of the best countries in the world and that he was proud to be a citizen.
Chief electoral officer Teeka Ram Meena had ordered re-polling after videos of bogus voting and impersonation came to light post the third phase of election on April 23.
The Chief Electoral Officer said it may take 9-10 hours to get the final picture of the results. 140 counting centres have been set up in 29 counting locations
A three-tier security system would be in place in the booths.
Election Commission officials on Saturday held a meeting with the state Chief Electoral Officer via video conference regarding the arrangements on the counting of votes.
State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Teeka Ram Meena has said strict action will be taken against fraudulent deletion of names from voters’ list.
The state EC was referring to the case of bogus voting that took place at a polling booth in Kasargod Lok Sabha constituency where CPM local body member NP Saleena was been found guilty.
Teeka Ram Meena is in no mood to relent and told the media that he will go to any extent to defend his actions.
Mohammed Fayiz, Abdul Samad and Mohammed K N, who reportedly cast bogus votes, are Muslim League workers.
Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said it was unfortunate that an official like Meena failed to even record statements of the women before declaring them bogus voters.
The rigging process included threatening and intimidation of opposition party booth agents, poll officers and even presiding officers.
Meena on Monday confirmed bogus voting by three persons at the polling booth of Pilathara AUP School in Kasargod constituency during the Lok Sabha elections.
It was a tough and massive exercise. First, we had to prepare polling officers in the use of electronic voting machines, VVPAT machines and control units.
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The Election Commission is conducting several programmes to ensure people participate in the ensuing LS polls in large numbers.
The incident took place last Saturday when Surendran was addressing voters at an election rally at Kannur.