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LS: 95 dalits say they were not allowed to vote

CHENNAI: As many as 95 dalit villagers of Ponparappi in Ariyalur district, in conjunction with VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan, on Monday asked the Election Commission for a repoll to sales space number 281, alleging that PMK workers had avoided them from casting votes on April 18.

Each represented the case with photograph copies in their photograph identity cards and circle of relatives cards. "I am a dalit. I was beaten up and chased away by PMK workers when I went to cast my vote," mentioned S Ilangovan of Colony Street.

Thirumavalavan submitted the petition, in conjunction with rankings of affidavits from the villagers to chief electoral officer Satyabrata Sahoo, tough action beneath Representation of the People Act. Over 200 dalits may just now not workout their franchise within the sales space after a mob went on a rampage on the election day.

Thirumavalavan mentioned he had complained to the district election officer on the similar day about the violence. "On the following day, I got a reply saying that cases have been filed with the police and there was no need for a fresh poll. A fresh poll should have been ordered under section 58 of the RP Act," he mentioned.

Sahoo mentioned the petitions had been forwarded to the district election workplace and further plan of action would be taken in response to the answer. Necessary action was once taken (for repoll) each time discrepancies had been reported, he mentioned. "In Ponparappi, we have not come across such letter either from the Returning Officer or from any official. Observer does not appear to have recommended a repoll," Sahoo advised TOI.

The same old practice is that observers will likely be provide for two days after polling to make sure the presiding officers' diary and report back to the commission if there may be any discrepancy. Similarly, the RO will ship a report back to the CEO and latter ahead to the commission for action.

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