RAMANATHAPURAM: It was a by-poll necessitated following the death of former Ramanathapuram municipal chairman S K G Sekar two years ago.
But, the late civic chief “returned” to exercise his franchise to perhaps elect his wife as successor in the by-poll held on September 18.
Hang on, it’s not a case of rebirth, but a sheer case of official goof-up that eventually led to alleged bogus voting.
According to BJP activists, the former Municipal chairman Sekar’s name was not removed from the voters’ list of Ward 28 in the town even two years after his death. The death of the AIADMK civic chief due to a massive heart attack on December 19, 2012 was informed to the concerned officials and they all knew that the by-election was being conducted in the wake of his demise. Someone seized the opportunity and voted on his behalf, they alleged.
“It was a riddle how the election officials allowed the impersonator to cast vote of a dead person,” a BJP activist said.
Durai Kannan, BJP candidate for the by-electon, alleged that a large number of bogus votes were cast in 58 polling booths. “The State Election Commission (SEC) should give proper details of election,” he added.
The BJP has also urged the SEC to give the details of voters’ list to check how many bogus votes were cast in the name of dead persons in the municipality.
AIADMK had fielded Sekar’s wife S K G S Santhana Lakshmi as the party’s candidate in the bypoll, which registered 53.93 per cent polling.