Army officers ask soldiers for voting preference in Leh, DC asks GOC to sensitize officials

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Srinagar

District Election Officer Leh, Avny Lavasa has asked Ladakh based General Officer Commanding 14 Corps to sensitize his officers about the sanctity of election process.

Avny Lavasa, the DC and district election officer for Leh, said a complaint had been received that commanding officers were allegedly indulging in malpractices by asking their soldiers about their voting preferences rather than letting them vote directly.

In her letter, Lavasa said a complaint has been received from a contesting candidate for the Ladakh Parliamentary Constituency for the Lok Sabha elections, 2019, where in it is alleged that there are malpractices on 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 their votes.

“This is a gross violation of the secrecy of voting and malpractice that has the potential to invite strict legal action. In this context, it is requested that all the concerned officers may be sensitized about the issue and the sanctity of election process maintained,” the letter addressed to the General Officer Commanding 14 Corps Lieutenant General Y.K. Joshi reads.

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