Guwahati: Six polling officers have been suspended in Assam after the Election Fee discovered that 181 votes had been forged at a sales space in Dima Hasao district that had solely 90 registered voters.
The sales space is within the Haflong constituency that voted within the second section on April 1. Formally the constituency – gained by the BJP’s Bir Bhadra Hagjer in 2016 – recorded solely 74 per cent polling.
Sources mentioned the ballot physique plans to concern a re-poll order for this sales space, which was an auxiliary polling station for the primary centre. An official order to this impact has but to be issued.
“The Presiding and 1st Polling officer, of their statements, have admitted that they allowed the voters registered towards the primary polling station to forged their votes within the auxiliary polling station,” a press launch from the Election Fee mentioned.
In accordance with news company PTI, 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) have been suspended, with instant impact.
The ballot physique cited “dereliction of responsibility” in its suspension order.
This would be the second occasion of re-polling ordered by the Election Fee in Assam this 12 months, after it directed a brand new spherical of voting for the Ratabari seat.
That was after photos of election officers transporting an EVM (digital voting machine) in a BJP BJP candidate’s automotive triggered controversy. The 4 officers concerned have been additionally suspended.
The incident additionally led to violence in Karimganj district, the place the seat is situated. The automotive belonged to the spouse of Krishnendu Paul, a BJP contestant in close by Patharkandi.
As they sought to elucidate the incident, the Election Fee additionally mentioned “the polled EVM comprising of BU, CU and VVPAT was discovered with its seal intact with none harm in anyway”.
The opposition cited the incident to allege “EVM capturing” by the ruling BJP. The Congress’s Gaurav Gogoi led the way in which, tweeting: “That is the one method the BJP can win Assam”.
Assam is holding a three-phase Meeting election that started on March 27. The second section was held final week and the third, and remaining, section, is scheduled for Tuesday.
The ruling BJP is bidding for re-election and is preventing a problem from the Congress-led ‘mahajot‘, or opposition alliance, that features former ally BPF, or Bodoland Folks’s Entrance.
Outcomes of the election can be declared on Might 2.
With enter from PTI
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