Srinagar, May 12 (KMS): The district election officer of Leh in a letter to the Indian Army has exposed the malpractices by many commanding officers in the electronic postal ballot system during the recently-held Lok Sabha polls in the territory on May 6.

In her letter to General Officer in Command of Leh-based XIV corps, Anvy Lavasa said a complaint has been received from contesting candidates for the Ladakh Parliamentary seat alleging that there are malpractices on the part of various commanding officers of the Indian army in the electronic postal ballot system.

It is alleged that the commanding officers are telephonically asking soldiers for their voting preference rather than supplying to them the ballot paper for casting votes, she said in her letter.

“This is a gross violation of secrecy of voting and a malpractice that has the potential to invite strict legal action. In this context, it is requested that all the concerned officers may be sensitised about the issue and the sanctity of the election process maintained,” Anvy, who is the daughter of Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, said in her letter.

“Complaints were received from contesting candidates regarding postal ballot to be cast by service personnel,” Anvy also told media over phone from Leh.

Ladakh went to polls on May 6 and XIV corps of the army mans Line of Control with Pakistan and Line of Actual Control with China.

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