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Assam: 171 votes cast in booth of 90 voters; officials suspended

Total 171 votes had been cast in a booth in Assam’s Dima Hasao district, regardless that 90 folks had been eligible to train their franchise, officials stated on Monday, revealing an enormous irregularity.

 

IMAGE: Voters endure thermal screening as they arrive to to cast their votes through the second part of Assam meeting elections 2021, in Morigaon district. Photograph: PTI Photo

The booth is in the Haflong constituency, which went to the polls in the second part on April 1.

Haflong witnessed 74 per cent polling.

As the incident got here to mild, the District Election Officer suspended 5 ballot officials of the booth, arrange at 107(A) Khotlir LP School, and proposed a repoll.

However, the official order for re-election on the booth, an auxiliary polling station of the principle voting centre at Mouldam LP School, is but to be issued.

The suspension order by the Deputy Commissioner-cum-District Election Officer of Dima Hasao was issued on April 2, the following day of polling, but it surely got here to mild on Monday morning.

Stating ‘dereliction of responsibility’, the EC suspended Seikhosiem Lhangum (Sector Officer), Prahlad Ch Roy (Presiding Officer), Parameswar Charangsa (1st Polling Officer), Swaraj Kanti Das (2nd Polling Officer) and Lalzamlo Thiek (third Polling Officer) with instant impact.

The voters’ listing of the polling station had 90 names, however 171 votes had been cast in the digital voting machine (EVM), officials advised PTI.

“The head of that interior village refused to accept the voters’ list and brought a list of his own. Then, the people of the village voted according to that list,” an official stated.

It was not instantly recognized why the polling officials accepted the village head’s demand and whether or not there was any safety personnel current on the polling station or the function they performed.

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