Dhubri, Feb. 26: The Congress candidate of Airkata zilla parishad council, Ashan Ali, demanded re-counting of votes complaining anomalies, as the counting process got under way in Hatsinghimari for South Salmara-Mancachar subdivision of Dhubri district this morning.
An unprecedented security arrangement was made around the counting centre at the SDO (civil) office of South Salmara-Mancachar subdivision at Hatsinghimari and no one was allowed to enter within the radius of 1km from the counting hall. Ali was defeated by a margin of 34 votes by AIUDF candidate Amir Fisal in the first round.
Dhubri district unit AIUDF president Aminur Ahmed said Amir Fisal was declared the winner and the winning slip was issued to him by the official in-charge of the counting hall.
However, the returning officer has not announced re-counting of votes yet, an official in Hatsinghimari said.
Counting of votes was stalled following the killing of three persons in firing by security forces on February 15. Counting for 28 gaon panchayats and four ZPCs could not begin after the trouble broke out that day.