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Repoll plea on Jorhat booths

Jorhat, April 8: The returning officer of Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency and Jorhat deputy commissioner, Solanki Vishal Vasant, has recommended repolling in four booths.

Additional chief electoral officer, Assam, R.C. Jain said in Guwahati today that the final polling percentage in yesterday’s polls in five constituencies stood at 78.6 per cent.

The four polling stations where re-polling has been recommended are 38 Sensua lower primary school under Jorhat Assembly seat, 5 Pukhuria LP School under Mariani Assembly seat, 84 Baharbari LP school under Sonari Assembly seat and 61 Khoragar LP school under Amguri Assembly seat.

The Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency is spread across 10 Assembly segments in Sivasagar (six) and Jorhat (four) districts.

Vasant told The Telegraph this evening said after a daylong scrutiny meeting on 36 polling stations in which complaints of EVM malfunctioning were received, all senior officials involved in the election process and election general observer for Jorhat seat, P. Bhattacharyya, had recommended re-polling in four booths.

He said after going through all documents and reports of presiding officers and technical advice of the engineers of Hyderabad-based Electronics Corporation India Limited (ECIL) on the 36 EVMs, re-polling has been proposed for four EVMs, as it was found that results from the machines could not be accurately accessed. ECIL is one of the two companies that manufacture EVMs.

Vasant said in case of the rest of the EVMs, results could be correctly retrieved and hence there was no need for repolling.

“We have sent the recommendation for repolling in the four centres to the Election Commission through the chief electoral officer, Assam,” Vasant said. He said the commission’s decision would be final in this regard.

The Jorhat deputy commissioner said the final voter turnout for the Jorhat seat was 78.35 per cent, while for the West Tripura seat, the final turnout was 85 per cent

According to commission guidelines, the scrutiny meeting, presided over by the returning officer, is held a day after polling to scrutinise all documents and records of those polling stations where the voting percentage is 15 per cent more or 15 per cent less than the average voter turnout.

On the malfunctioning of 42 EVMs during voting yesterday, chief electoral officer, Assam, Vijayendra, said the figure was not “abnormally” high and such technical glitches were not unusual.

“This figure is comparable to the number of EVMs that malfunctioned during the last parliamentary polls in Assam,” he said.

He said the commission would take a final view on re-polling based on the report of the returning officer and the observer of the constituency.


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