Gujarat elections: Re-polling today in 6 booths from phase 1 after officers forget to wipe out mock drill results

EC on Tuesday ordered repolling in six booths, where Gujarat' s first phase polling was held on 9 December. The repolls will be held on 14 December

IANS December 14, 2017 09:11:22 IST
Gujarat elections: Re-polling today in 6 booths from phase 1 after officers forget to wipe out mock drill results

Gandhinagar: The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday ordered repolling in six booths, where first phase polling was held on 9 December. The repolls will be held on 14 December.

Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat BB Swain said the poll panel has cancelled the results stored in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in six booths in four constituencies of the first phase of elections.

Gujarat elections Repolling today in 6 booths from phase 1 after officers forget to wipe out mock drill results

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The presiding officers of these booths had forgotten to wipe out the mock drill poll results necessitating the re-election.

These are Dhunda and Manpar booths in Jam Jodhpur Assembly constituency, Bandhard, and Gangda in Una constituency, Chorwad in Nizar constituency and Chanod colony, Chanod in Umargaon constituency, both the latter are Scheduled Tribe (ST) constituencies.

"The reasons for cancelling these booth results is that the Presiding Officers (PO) had forgotten to wipe and delete the existing mock poll drill in their EVMs. We have initiated necessary actions against these lax officials," Swain told the IANS.

All the voters of these booths, the concerned officials, and political parties have been informed about this change.

The repolls will be held along with the second phase elections for the remaining 93 seats of the 182 seat state Assembly. The counting will take place along with Himachal Pradesh on 18 December.

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