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Repoll in 2 Arunachal booths

Itanagar, May 12: The Election Commission yesterday ordered fresh polls in two stations of the remote Kurung Kumey district of Arunachal Pradesh following clashes on May 9 over repoll demand.

Repolls will be held on May 14 at Richik in Tali Assembly constituency and at Chulla in Koloriang Assembly constituency.

Results for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections will be announced on May 16.

A statement from the state chief electoral officer said additional returning officers, who would act as presiding officers for the repoll, had been authorised to carry out “candidate-wise counting of votes at the polling stations”.

In view of the vulnerable nature of the polling station, officials will also be provided with satellite phones enabling them to remain in constant touch with authorities in Itanagar.

The statement added that if polling teams are unable to conduct polls on May 14 and/or the additional returning officers are unable to count and/or communicate candidate-wise votes polled on May 16, repolling will be held “at the earliest opportunity”.

The counting for all other polling stations of these constituencies shall be done on May 16.

“In case the margin of votes between the top two candidates is greater than the votes polled (if known) or total number of registered voters (1) in these two polling stations for this parliamentary constituency, and (2) in each of these two polling stations for their respective Assembly constituencies, the results of the parliamentary and the Assembly constituencies concerned shall be declared,” said the official release. “Otherwise, the results of the constituency concerned shall be withheld till the time the repoll is held and its result known.”

Earlier, clashes had broken out outside the Nirvachan Bhawan in Itanagar between two groups, which had gathered to enquire about the repoll demand that was placed with the chief electoral officer and the Election Commission.

The Tali Pipsorang People’s Forum had earlier filed a complaint claiming that election officials and Congress workers indulged in several malpractices during the April 9 Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.

It had sought repolling at Richik, Ruhi, Giba and Ha polling stations of Tali Assembly constituency.

Repolling was already held on April 19 at eight stations in Tali, including Richik and Giba, and at three polling stations in Koloriang, including Chulla.

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