India's Election Commission is to investigate complaints of voter intimidation and poll rigging in Prime Minister Charan Singh's constituency.
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Background: India's Election Commission is to investigate complaints of voter intimidation and poll rigging in Prime Minister Charan Singh's constituency. The Commission says local election officials have suggested a partial repoll in Mr Singh's constituency and in two others in the Northern Uttar Pradesh state. In the mid-term poll designed to end an extended crisis in India's Parliament, voting started slowly, although there were queues at times in Calcutta.
SYNOPSIS: India is the world's biggest democracy with an electorate of 361 million polling for 525 seats in the Sub-continent's lower house the Lok Sabha.
The problems facing electoral officers with the task of organising voters, like these in Greater Bombay, are huge. To make the task of elections easier the Indians divide the poll into two parts. But there are other problems to be unravelled before the final result is known.
The Congress Party of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi says that Untouchables...India's lowest caste...had been prevented from voting in caretaker Prime Minister Charan Singh's Baghpat Constituency near Delhi. And it was alleged that middle caste Jats, many of them supporters of Mr Singh, intimidated and threatened Untouchables.
The Election Commission says it will postpone counting in the three constituency pending detailed investigations. This means Mr. Singh might not know whether he has been re-elected when the new Parliament meets probably on Thursday (10 January).