Bengaluru: The Election Commission of India postponed polls to the the R.R. Nagar Assembly constituency from May 12 to 28 following an inquiry into the seizure of 9,564 voter identity cards and other articles in Bengaluru. Counting of votes will be taken up on May 31.
The EC took cognisance of mainly two cases: the impounding of goods worth Rs. 95 lakh, which included more than 5,000 T-shirts bearing the Congress candidate’s name and photograph, on May 6; and the seizure of voter IDs along with 20,700 voter slips, detailed survey papers and other election-related items from a flat in Jalahalli on May 8.
Following reports that thousands of voter IDs had been found, the EC had instructed the State Chief Electoral Officer and Bengaluru Police Commissioner to visit the spot. A preliminary report was submitted, after which the EC sent the Deputy Election Commissioner for further inquiry and sought a report within 24 hours.
The EC has also directed that the illegally collected IDs be returned to the respective voters by May 21.