Election Commission declares votes of 2 Congress rebels invalid

08 Aug 2017 | Written by Shikha Chaudhry; Edited by Anupama Vijayakumar

As per the rules, a legislator can't show his ballot-paper to anyone, except his own party representative.

The Congress had alleged that two of its MLAs Bhola Gohil & Raghav Patel showed their ballot-papers to Amit Shah.

Both Congress and BJP reached out to EC, the former sought that those two votes be declared void.

After a high-voltage drama, the EC declared them invalid.

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08 Aug 2017Election Commission declares votes of 2 Congress rebels invalid

Details of the complaint