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Duplicate votes affected the fate of Sarpanch candidates: Congress

Hyderabad: Congress senior leader and Convener of TPCC Election Commission Coordination Committee G. Niranjan alleged that the fate of Congress Sarpanch candidates of Medipally village and Neral Thanda of Gandhari Mandal in Kamareddy district was affected with the exercise of vote by 23 duplicate voters, whose names were found in the voters lists of both the villages.

Pitla Tirupathi and Bansi Suratna were Congress Sarpach candidates in the second phase of polling held on 25th January. The Congress Sarpanch candidates lost by 10 votes in Medipally and by 7 votes in Nerel Thanda respectively.

After the results, it was found that 23 persons have voted in both the villages. If these duplicate voters were prevented from voting then the results would have come in favour of Congress party, he said.

The Congress leader said that the candidates have submitted a list of persons voted in both the villages and voters lists to State Election Commission, District Collector and MPDO today.

However, he said that the SEC advised them to approach the Election Tribunal and said that voter’s lists were prepared by the Election Commission.

Unfortunately, he said Election Tribunals are not appointed by the Government in districts so far despite reminders from SEC.

“Thousands of duplicate votes are inducted into the voter lists at the behest of the TRS Party which affected the prospects of the Congress candidates.

We demand the Election Commission to probe in to the Gram Panchayath electoral rolls to find out the presence of duplicate votes and their impact on the results,” Niranjan said. (INN)

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