Gujarat High Court has rejected a petition moved by three Congress candidates seeking to quash and set aside an order of the election officers rejecting their nomination form for the upcoming civic body polls in the state.
Two candidates from Ahmedabad – Dinesh Parmar and Devalben Rathod and one Shilpa Rana from Bhavnagar had alleged that the election officials rejected their nomination form without allowing them time to file a detailed written reply to the defects raised at the time of scrutiny.
The petition further pointed out that the defect that had been raised was not substantial and the same cannot be termed as a violation of the provision of rule -7. Yet the election officers without any application of mind rejected the nomination forms.
Why the nomination forms were rejected?
According to the petitions filed – a nomination form from the Thakkarbapanagar ward of Dinesh Parmar was rejected because ‘further affidavit with the form was not according to format’.
Whereas, the nomination form of Devalben Rathod from Sardarnagar ward was rejected by the election officer because the ‘person nominating petitioner had not signed the nomination form of petitioner’.
Bhavnagar’s Shilpaben Rana’s nomination form was rejected by the election officer on the ground that the mandate given to the candidate showed her name as ‘Shilpaba Jaydevsinh Gohil instead of Shilpaba Jaydevsinh Rana’.
All the petitioners had prayed to quash or grant a stay on the orders of election officers rejecting their nomination form. However, the court rejected the petitions of all three candidates.
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