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    Apr 18, 2014

    It's a battle of clones in Indian election


    VOTERS in India need to ask the real candidates to stand up.

    The race in Maval in Maharashtra state has two actual contenders: Mr Shrirang Barne of the Shiv Sena and Mr Laxman Jagtap of the Peasants and Workers Party. Yet, the ballot has five men sharing those names. Such "clone" candidates are often fielded to split the vote of political rivals.

    "They want to confuse voters and eat into one another's share," said Mr Mohan Kadu, the presiding officer for the election commission in Maval.