Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Namesakes rattle key contestants in Kerala  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Khaleej Times - 24/03/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!


(MENAFN -Khaleej Times) the candidate line-up emerging after closure of filing of nomination papers for the april 10 lok sabha elections in kerala is blurred by the presence of many independents with names identical to the candidates fielded by major political fronts

The ‘namesake’ menace that led to the defeat of several prominent candidates in the past polls is posing threat to key contestants in 16 of the 20 constituencies. the constituencies free of the menace are ernakulam chalakkudy kottayam and trichur.


P karunakaran of the communist party of india (marxist) who is locked in a tight triangular contest to retain the kasargod seat that he won in 2009 by a margin of 64427 votes is haunted most by the namesakes. apart from the two formidable congress and bharatiya janata party (bjp) rivals he also has to fight two namesakes. while one has exactly his same name the other is without the initial.


The maximum number of namesakes present in the fray is at ponnani. four independents with similar name are troubling v abdurahman an independent candidate backed by the cpm. a local congress leader abdurahman was picked up by the party to end the muslim league stranglehold over the seat. four raghavans have entered the fray in calicut where the names of both the congress and cpm candidates contain raghavan. c b chandrababu cpm candidate at aleppey has two independents with similar names while his congress rival k c venugopal has one with identical name.


Chengara surendran the cpi candidate at mavelikkara and his counterpart at trivandrum dr bennet abraham have also one namesake each. o rajagpal who is the major hope of the bjp has also a namesake to rob his votes in trivandrum.


The namesake menace worries the parties since this causes confusion among the voters. there are instances of candidates with the same name or similar names polling more votes than the number of votes by which they have lost.


The defeat of p. ismail the cpm candidate in muvattupuzha constituency in 2004 is a glaring instance. in a triangular contest he lost to pc thomas of the national democratic alliance (nda) by 529 votes. he felt he would have won the election if his namesakes had not garnered 3466 votes.


V m sudheeran is another prominent victim of a namesake who polled 8000 votes in the 2004 elections at aleppey. he lost the election by just over 1000 votes. a total of 11000 votes secured by his namesake were considered crucial in the defeat of george j. mathew of kerala congress (m) at muvattupuzha in the 1980 elections.


Namesakes enter the fray themselves or are fielded by parties to hoodwink voters. even though the voters in kerala are mostly discerning all major parties encourage the practice to benefit their candidate especially in constituencies where the victory margin is usually slender.


With the practice started affecting all parties some have come out against it. sudheeran who is currently president of the kerala pradesh congress committee terms it as “undemocratic” and “unethical”. he has urged the election commission to ban the practice.


The namesakes have also been contributing to escalation in the number of contestants. the nominations this time has saw an increase of 72 candidates. the total number of nominations for the 20 seats for the april 10 election is 396 as against 324 in 2009.


The maximum number is in trivandrum where 25 candidates have filed the nominations. the least number (15) is at kottayam and alathur. the number of candidates may come down after the withdrawal of nominations since the major parties have fielded dummies. the final line-up in the 2009 elections comprised 217 candidates. this included 102 candidates.


News?khaleejtimes.com

for more news from khaleej times follow us on facebook at facebook.com/khaleejtimes and on twitter at ?khaleejtimes

follow ?khaleejtimes --


 


Khaleej Times




  MENA News Headlines
 Feb 22 2017 - Saudi King Meets U.S. Senator John McCainQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) QNA) - Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud met on Tuesday with U.S. Senator John McCain. During the meeting, the two sides reviewed ...

 Feb 22 2017 - Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Meets U.S. Senator John McCainQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Riyadh, February 21 (QNA) - Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, met on Tuesday with U.S. ...

 Feb 22 2017 - Lavrov: Russia Ready to Contribute to Enhancing Security of Baltic, ArcticQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Moscow, February 21 (QNA) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed his country's readiness to participate in different initiatives for enhancing the security ...

 Feb 22 2017 - Greek President Meets Saudi FMQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Riyadh, February 21 (QNA) - Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Tuesday met Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir. During the meeting, the two sides ...

 Feb 22 2017 - U.S. Reveals New Deportation PolicyQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Washington, February 21 (QNA) - The U.S. Homeland Security Department on Tuesday revealed new policy guidelines for deporting undocumented immigrants, expanding the ...

 Feb 22 2017 - 2 Additional N. Koreans Identified as Being Linked to Kim Jong-nam's MurderQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Kuala Lumpur, February 22 (QNA) - Malaysian police said Wednesday they identified two additional North Koreans, including a diplomat, as being linked to the murder of ...

 Feb 22 2017 - South Sudan Leader Vows to Fight FamineQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Juba, February 22 (QNA) - South Sudan's President Salva Kiir vowed that the government would ensure that aid reaches areas hit by famine after three years of war that has ...

 Feb 22 2017 - Australian Prime Minister Meets Israeli CounterpartQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Canberra, February 22 (QNA) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met here Wednesday with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, who is the first Israeli ...

 Feb 22 2017 - Turkish Forces Kill 14 ISIS Militants in Northern SyriaQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Ankara, February 22 (QNA) - Turkish forces killed at least 14 ISIS militants in northern Syria in the last 24 hours, according to the Turkish military Wednesday. In a ...

 Feb 22 2017 - Sudanese President Affirms to Continue Dialogue with US on Ties NormalizationQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Khartoum, February 22 (QNA) - Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir affirmed on continuing the dialogue with the US administration to reach the full normalization of relations ...

more...


 





Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Search News
Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help