Quotes: US 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.m. 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 --


 






  MENA News Headlines
 Aug 20 2014 - Saudi- Red Sea Housing net profit rises 23.13 to SR40.78m in Q2Arab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Red Sea Housing Services Co. (RSH) has posted outstanding performance for the first half of 2014 revealing operating income of SR41.59 million a growth of 17.69 percent compared ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudi- Shelter for minors reduces beggaryArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Child beggary on the streets of Jeddah has decreased by more than 50 percent thanks to the opening of a juvenile shelter in association with Al-Birr Charitable Society said Hani ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudi Aramco's iThra program attracts thousands of visitorsArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Saudi Aramco's iThra Knowledge Program has attracted 300000 visitors during the first two weeks of the event. The program which is being held at the city's International ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudi- New office to oversee Haj-related activitiesArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) The Haj Ministry has approved a new management office aimed at monitoring Haj-related programs and arrangements more effectively.The 'strategic initiative management office' ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudi- SFDA warns against contaminated chocolate drinksArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Before consuming any of the chocolate drinks produced by Milchwerke Mittelelbe GMBH and listed below check the expiry date first. If the product is packed in plastic containers ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudi- JCCI bridges gap between courts and businessmenArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) A delegation from Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) visited the headquarters of General Court in Jeddah.The delegation consisting of Vice Chairman of JCCI Ziyad bin ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudi- Holmstrom named as new US CG in JeddahArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) New US Consul-General Todd Holmstrom arrived in Jeddah on Aug. 6 to assume his post.Prior to his appointment Holmstrom served as deputy chief of mission in N'Djamena Chad from ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudi- KACST scientist wins US physics awardArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Dr. Ibtesam Saeed Badhrees a leading woman research scientist in experimental particle physics at the National Center for Nanotechnology King Abdulaziz City for Science and ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudia staff urged to improve servicesArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) A leading Saudi Arabian Airlines official has urged Saudia executives and field workers at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) as well as other employees in maintenance ...

 Aug 20 2014 - Saudization poses challenge for surface transport sectorArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) Saeed Al-Bassami vice president of the National Transportation Committee at the Saudi Council of Chambers and Industry has revealed that Saudization is one of the main challenges ...

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

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

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
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

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


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help