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Repoll held at two booths

Siliguri, April 22: Re-polling was held at one booth each in the Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling Parliament seats yesterday because of technical snags in the EVMs during the voting on April 17.

At both the booths, the polling percentage was low yesterday compared to the average turnout in the two Lok Sabha seats and the respective Assembly segments, where the two voting centres are located, on the scheduled date.

In the Darjeeling seat, the re-polling was held at Booth 29 at Vidyasagar Primary School, Pradhannagar, Siliguri. “Out of 1,023 voters, 745 turned up at the booth in the Siliguri Assembly seat. The polling percentage was 72.82,” said a senior official of the Siliguri subdivisional administration.

On April 17, 80.21 per cent voting was recorded in the Darjeeling Parliament seat, while the figure for the Siliguri Assembly segment was 80.82.

The other booth where the re-polling was held yesterday was in the Dhupguri Assembly segment of the Jalpaiguri Lok Sabha seat.

“Out of 452 voters, 368 cast their votes at Booth 195 at the Dak bungalow in Dhupguri. The polling has remained peaceful,” said Sima Haldar, the subdivisional officer of Jalpaiguri said.

The booth recorded a polling percentage of 81.42 yesterday. On April 17, the voter turnout in Dhupguri Assembly seat was 84.77 per cent, while the overall percentage for Jalpaiguri was 85.11.