EC censures CPI(M) candidate in Kerala

The Election Commission on Wednesday censured CPI(M) candidate from Nemom assembly constituency in Kerala for obstructing poll officials from performing their duty.

Last Updated: Apr 06, 2011, 23:15 PM IST

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday
censured CPI(M) candidate from Nemom assembly constituency in
Kerala for obstructing poll officials from performing their
duty.
The EC said V Sivankutty and his partymen forced the
District Magistrate and his team to leave the spot when they
went to check whether the booth convention organised by the
candidate on March 28 had prior permission from authorities.

The EC team was prevented from performing its official
duty of video graphing of the election event, leading to
filing of a police complaint against the candidate, the EC
said.

In response to EC notice, Sivankutty said the allegations
levelled against him were not correct and denied his party
workers had obstructed election officers in discharging their
duty.

"The Commission is of the considered view that Sivankutty
and his supporters had indeed stopped the election team to
visit the site where the candidate held an election meet
unauthorisdely", an EC order said.
Sivankutty not only made an attempt to suppress the
election expenses but was also responsible for creating
obstruction to the election expense monitoring team from
performing its official duty, the EC said.

PTI