EC summons observers of Jammu seat, results likely tomorrow
26 February 2002
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi: All the three Election Commissioner headed Chief Election Commissioner J H Lyngdoh will be meeting tomorrow to take a final view on the results of Jammu Lok Sabha seat which have been withheld following complaints of rigging by opposition parties. The full Commission is likely to take the decision tomorrow after reviewing the documents submitted by the Assistant Returning Officer of the Parliamentary constituency, official sources said here. The result of the by-election in the constituency was withheld after Opposition parties including BJP, Congress and People''s Democratic Party alleged ''massive rigging'' by the ruling National Conference in at least four assembly segments of the Parliamentary constituency. National Conference candidate Chowdary Talib Hussain was ahead with 55,000 votes over his nearest BJP rival Nirmal Singh at the end of counting of votes in Jammu Lok Sabha bye-election. The sources said the three poll observers for the Lok Sabha seat were also summoned by the Election Commission. All the three observers have presented their observations before the Commission. Chowdary got 2,53,885 votes, Singh obtained 1,98,277 and Congress finished third with 1,86,048 votes.