HC orders notice to poll officers

HC orders notice to poll officers

The High Court of Karnataka on Thursday issued emergent notice to the electoral registration officers of Bangalore in a matter related to the recent elections to Karnataka Pradesha Kurubara Sangha (KPKS).

A vacation bench of Justice H N Nagamohan Das issued the notice, while hearing a petition filed by M Krishnamurthy, alleging large-scale irregularities in the elections for the posts of president, secretaries and executive committee members.

The petitioner said elections were held in all 30 districts on September 29 for the posts of executive committee members. In Bangalore Urban district, elections were held to the posts of president and secretaries. Out of 22,600 voters in Bangalore Urban, only 6,600 cast their vote.
The petitioner alleged that nearly 70 per cent of the votes cast were fake and blamed K M Ramachandrappa who contested for the member post and Kempaiah, the electoral officer for the malpractice. 

Krishnamurthy contended that no records existed about the number of ballot papers that were printed or those used during the elections. He has sought the quashing the entire election process and has sought directions to conduct the elections afresh. Justice H N Nagamohan Das directed that ballot boxes, ballot papers, counter sheets and result sheets were not to be destroyed, till the final disposal of the petition. 

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