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Votes rigged, election to medical body scrapped

The recent election to the Indian Association of Physiotherapists (IAP) was scrapped in a general body meeting at KEM Hospital last week. It was discovered that the number of ballots exceeded the number of voters thus implying rigging of votes.

mumbai Updated: Apr 20, 2011 01:44 IST
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The recent election to the Indian Association of Physiotherapists (IAP) was scrapped in a general body meeting at KEM Hospital last week. It was discovered that the number of ballots exceeded the number of voters thus implying rigging of votes.

The Association has written to the charity commissioner of Mumbai asking him to probe into the alleged corruption in the national election held at March.

Some of the conflicting facts of the election were that unlike every two years, where the average turnout is 2,000, this time there were over 14,500 votes. According to Dr Rajiv Bhanu, a member of IAP, more than 40% of the physiotherapists registered under IAP didn’t receive ballot papers in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. In Maharashtra, 70% did not get a chance to vote.

“There are less than 1,000 members registered with the association at Vadodara but we received 6,000 votes from the place. This despite many members in Vadodara not getting ballot tickets. The number raised many eyebrows,” said Dr Ali Irani, president of IAP.

“We filed an Right to Information query and through that discovered the forgery in ballot papers, irregularity in its dispatch and destroying sealed envelopes with concealed votes,” added Bhanu.

However, Dr Sanjivkumar Jha, general secretary of IAP on whom some allegations have been made said, “If the charity commissioner writes to me, I have an answer for every query.”