1. Mr. T.M. Krishnaswami Iyer has narrowed the discussion of this petition to one point, whether the learned Judge was justified in holding to be valid ballot paper 252 which contains a cross in col. 2 instead of in cot 3 of the voting paper.
2. I do not see how this can be other than a question of fact on which, under Rule 12 of the Rules for Decision of Disputes, the Judge's order is final. [Vide M. Abboya Goundar v. Sheik Dawood Sahib (1927) M.W.N. 842]. The petition must, therefore, be dismissed with costs.
3. I may remark, however, that the voting paper is not as clear as it might be. The heading of col. 3 is "The mark should show the pleasure of the voter." Why "not put a mark here after the name of the candidate you choose." In the hurry of an election everything cannot be left to oral instruction.