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Three contesting candidates of Ladakh Lok Sabha constituency seek re- elections in Zanskar, furnish documentary evidence to ECI about violation of MCC
Leh(Ladakh), May 21, (Scoop News)-Three out of four candidates contesting Lok Sabha elections from Ladakh constituency are still waiting for response on their complaints from the Election Commission of India (ECI), notwithstanding the fact that counting will begin on Thursday morning.

The complainants included the official candidate of the Congress party, Rigzin Spalbar hand two independent candidates Asgar Ali Karbalai, and Sajjad Hussain Kargili who alleged malpractices at all polling stations in the Zanskar assembly segment. The triad is pitted against the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) candidate, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal in the constituency.

Without naming anyone, the candidates alleged that they had provided sufficient proof and documentary evidence to ECI regarding the brazen violation of the Model Code of Conduct through Deputy Election Commissioner, in-charge Jammu and Kashmir, Sandeep Saxena, on May 9.

They alleged wooing of the voters one name of religion and other considerations.

The complainants again sent a reminder to the ECI on May 14 and May 20 and urged the Election authorities in Delhi and in the state to take cognizance of their documentary evidence which they had submitted with their earlier complaint.

They said based on facts they were expecting a positive response from the ECI but so far no reply has been received from the concerned quarters. “The use of religious persecution to garner votes through intimidation is not only unconstitutional but has also diluted the spirit of democracy in a scale not witnessed by the peace loving people of Ladakh even in the past,” they stated in their complaint.

Hoping that ECI would take the note of their complaints, the candidates pointed out the Press Club- Leh bribery case has shaken the cornerstone of democratic edifice and said these acts are not only unconstitutional but also dilute the spirit of democracy.

Appealing the election authorities to hold the re-election in Zanskar, the candidates urged the election authorities to invoke Section of 324 of Peoples Representative Act-1957 to uphold the sanctity and transparency in the electoral process.

The ECI had established 54 polling stations in Zanskar sub division which witnessed a high percentage of voters turn out. Reports suggest that 81.98 percent voting was recorded in the area.

According to a senior Congress leader and former lawmaker from Zanskar, Ghulam Raza, the BJP had manipulated the elections and managed to cast over 6, 500 bogus votes in their favour from the region.

He said the Central leadership of All India Congress Committee (AICC) had also lodged a complaint with the ECI at New Delhi on May 9 against the violation of MCC in Zanskar region and sought re- election there. ...
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