Pune: Deposits Of 14 Candidates Confiscated In Kasba Peth By-Election

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Pune, 4th March 2023: In the recent Kasba Peth by-election in Pune, the deposits of 14 out of 16 candidates have been forfeited. The only winning candidate was Ravindra Dhangekar from the Congress party, who defeated Hemant Rasane of the BJP.

The by-election was conducted in a constituency with over 2,75,717 registered voters, out of which 1,36,980 voters exercised their right to vote, resulting in a 51.6 percent voter turnout.

Dhangekar secured 73,309 votes, while Rasane got 62,394 votes. The remaining candidates, including Tukaram Dafal from the Sainik Samaj Party, Baljit Singh Kochhar from the Prabhuddah Republic Party, and Ravindra Vedpathak from the Rashtriya Maratha Party, failed to secure the minimum required votes of 22,800 to avoid forfeiting their deposit amounts. 11 independent candidates also contested and collectively garnered 1032 votes. The election officer for Kasba, Sneha Kiswe-Devkate, informed that 22 votes were rejected while 27 were fake votes.

As per the Election Commission, the deposit amount for candidates varies for different elections. For Lok Sabha elections, the deposit amount is Rs 25,000 for open category candidates and Rs 12,500 for SC candidates. Candidates have to deposit Rs 10,000 for open category and Rs 5,000 for Scheduled Castes and Tribes candidates for by-elections. The deposit amount is refunded to the winning candidate, even if they receive less than 1/6th percent of the votes.

In case of the candidate’s death before the polling date, the deposit amount is refunded to their relatives. The process of sending notices to the 14 candidates regarding the forfeiture of their deposit amount was initiated by Kiswe-Devkate on Friday.


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