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Woman official to verify Kerala nikab wearing voters

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Thiruvananthapuram | Sunday, 2019 2:45:05 AM IST
Kerala Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena on Saturday said a woman poll official would verify women voters, coming to polling booths with faces covered.

Seven booths in Kasargode and Kannur Lok Sabha constituencies will undergo re-poll on Sunday. Kerala voted on April 23 for all 20 parliamentary seats.

A war of words broke out earlier between the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Congress on the issue.

While Kannur CPI-M District Secretary M.V. Jayarajan raised concerns about women covering their face while coming to vote, CPI-M state Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the polling agent had to identify a voter, hence it was not right to use 'nikab' -- a piece of cloth worn by some Muslim women to cover the face except eyes -- during voting.

Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala reacted by saying it's shame for the CPI-M to have come out with this theory that a Muslim woman voter should not wear 'nikab'.

"What one wears is one's choice and the CPI-M has lost its bearings in making such comments. They have realised the poll outcome would be a setback for them. They should withdraw this and apologise for such remark," the Congress leader said.

--IANS sg/mag/pcj

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2019-05-18-20:30:09 (IANS)

 
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