Defeated candidates demand recount
Elections Dept. says no provisions:
Several candidates defeated at the August 17 polls have urged the
Department of Elections to conduct urgent recounts of the preferential
votes they polled, top sources from the Department said. However, Deputy
Election Commissioner (Legal and Investigation) M. M. Mohamed said the
Elections Department was not equipped with the necessary powers to
conduct a recount, despite the number of requests for a recount of
“During the counting sessions, candidates are given ample
opportunities to request for recounting.
Many requests are made during counting itself,” he explained, adding
that after completing the election process, the Department is unable to
undertake any recounting.
According to Mohamed , at every election, such requests are made by
defeated candidates and sometimes, even by successful candidates. “It is
nothing new for the Department,” he said, adding that the law does not
provide for such an exercise.