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Woman wins Indian election despite dying two weeks before vote

NewsWoman wins Indian election despite dying two weeks before vote

A woman has won a local election in India almost two weeks after her death, officials have revealed.

Ashiya Bi polled nearly 44 per cent of the vote in the race for a municipal civic body seat in the Bijnor district of India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh.

Bi fell ill, reportedly from an acute lung and abdominal infection, and died just 12 days before the poll.

However, the popular 25-year-old first-time candidate, standing as an independent, was declared victorious posthumously as supporters kept their pledge to back her in a sign of respect, according to the AFP news agency.

Her husband informed election officials about the death, but district officer Bhagwan Sharan told AFP there was no procedure in place to remove her name from the ballot.

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“Once the electoral process begins, it cannot be halted or paused,” Sharan said.

Before she passed away, Bi proved a popular figure among voters, and many decided to cast their ballots for her despite her death.

“Ashiya made friends easily and people didn’t want to break the promise of support they gave her and hence the result,” resident Mohammad Zakir told the Times of India.

Her husband Muntazim Qureishi said Bi had “won hearts with her calm demeanour”.

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