The office of the State Election Commission (SEC) has been flooded with complaints from aspiring candidates who could not file their nomination papers in time. Asking the SEC to reconsider their applications, many have come up with bizarre excuses.
One independent candidate from south Delhi's Amar Colony said she could not reach the Returning Officer's (RO) office as her neighbour suffered a heart attack. Another candidate, Sanjay, who was planning to contest on a Samajwadi Party (SP) ticket said he was merely a minute late as he was stuck in a traffic jam at BRT corridor.
Another SP candidate said the certificate she had to submit got burnt and she had to get a new certificate issued. It was attested by the Panchayat too but the RO refused to accept it.
"The RO offices and observers have been asked to look into all complaints. If they are genuine, we will consider a renomination," said a senior Delhi State Election Commission official.
The SEC has received complaints from various wards. Several candidates also visited the Commission office at Kashmere Gate. Some even broke down while narrating their stories.
"A party called Rashtriya Unnati Sheel Dal had fielded five candidates from east Delhi but the RO office found they had used a wrong symbol. Their applications were rejected," said a senior commission official.
Another woman candidate from Mustafabad said she had forgotten to get her certificates attested and when she reached the office with all the papers in order, the guards did not let her enter.
The SEC also received a complaint from an aspiring Congress candidate Sunita Indoria stating that Nirmala Devi who will contest from Rampur, is registered in three electoral rolls, and her nomination should be cancelled.
All the candidates had to file their papers between 11am to 3pm. Many candidates reached the RO offices late and could not file their nominations.
As per SEC, 3,239 candidates have filed their nomination papers. Of these, more than 1,000 are independents. The SEC will now scrutinise their documents.