Lok Sabha Election 2024: How To Check Fake Voting? Candidates Can Now Challenge Voter's Legitimacy For Rs 2

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Lok Sabha Election 2024: How To Check Fake Voting? Candidates Can Now Challenge Voter’s Legitimacy For Rs 2

The Election Commission established a set of guidelines to identify and handle instances of fake voting during elections in an effort to combat electoral fraud. These measures include a challenge process where a candidate’s agent can question a voter’s legitimacy by obtaining a receipt of two rupees.

If a voter is accused of being fraudulent, they must present themselves to the presiding officer, who will then verify their identity by asking for personal details such as name, father’s name, address and the number of voters in their household.

Should the presiding officer remain unconvinced, they will seek confirmation from the local councillor or area head. A voter confirmed to be genuine will be allowed to vote, while those unable to prove their identity may face legal action.

Additionally, the guidelines provide for the use of tender ballot papers. If a voter arrives at the polling station only to find that a vote has already been cast in their name, they can request a tender vote from the presiding officer. This involves voting on a special form, after which the ballot is sealed in an envelope. These votes are particularly crucial in close contests, as they are counted only if they have the potential to affect the outcome.

Presiding officers receive tender ballot papers in their polling kits and must report their usage to the Election Commission post-election. This system ensures that every legitimate vote is counted and helps maintain the entire electoral process free and fair.

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