Fresh elections in four Assam polling booths on April 20
Re-elections will be conducted in four polling stations of Assam on Tuesday after the voting conducted during the second phase on April 1 was declared void by the Election Commission of India (ECI), following anomalies and EVM-related discrepancies.
The polling stations where fresh polls will be held are 107A-Khothlir LP School, and 107-Mualdam LP School polling stations under Haflong legislative constituency in Dima Hasao district; 149-Indira MV School (right) under Ratabari constituency in Karimganj district, and 463-Madhya Dhanehari LP School under Sonai constituency in Cachar district.
The ECI had ordered fresh polls at the four polling stations from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, as per the instructions of the apex poll body.
Five polling officials face suspension after it was found, during scrutiny, that the presiding officer and the polling officers of 107-A Khothlir L.P. School (auxiliary polling station) allowed 181 persons to cast their votes against a total of 90 voters at the polling station.
At the 149-Indira MV School in Ratabari, an electronic voting machine (EVM) was detected in a car (unauthorised vehicle) belonging to the wife of a BJP candidate from the Patharkandi constituency in Barak Valley.
Re-polling has also been ordered at the 463-Madhya Dhanehori LP School polling booth, where at least three persons sustained injuries in an incident of firing.
Following the incident, the state Assembly deputy speaker and BJP candidate Aminul Haque Laskar were questioned by the police while five police personnel attached to him were suspended.
(Edited by Ladiangti Rani)
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