Kupwara: The State Election Commission (SEC) has ordered re-election in Drugmulla constituency in Kupwara district as the earlier held DDC elections were declared ‘void and null’.
State Election Commissioner in an order maintains that a complaint was received by the polling authorities before the counting of votes scheduled on December 22, 2021 against Soomia Sadaf, an independent candidate from DDC Constituency Drugmulla, alleging that she is ‘not a bona fide Indian citizen.’
Pertinently, the counting process for the constituency was withheld for nearly two months.
“The complaint mentioned that she is a resident of Muzaffarabad, PaK and an illegal entrant into the country and therefore is not a citizen of India”, the order issued by SEC reads.
“On 21-12-2020, prior to the scheduled counting of votes for the Constituency (Drugmulla), Electoral Registration Officer (ERO), Panchayat (District Panchayat Officer) issued an order, deleting ab-intio name of Mst. Soomia Sadaf from Panchayat Electoral Rolls, Halqa Batergam.”, the order states.
The order further reads that “The State Election Commission in exercise to the powers conferred under section 36 of Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989 and subject to outcome of any writ petition pending before the Hon’ble High Court has thus declared the polling to the DDC constituency Drugmulla as void, cancelling the candidature of Soomia Sadaf ab-intio, ordering re-poll and redrawing of list of contesting candidates in the Constituency (excluding Mst. Soomia Sadaf).”
“The re-poll of the Constituency shall be conducted under the applicable rules and guidelines on a date to be notified by the Election Authority through a separate order”, it reads further.
(With inputs from GNS)