GUWAHATI: Repolling has been ordered at the main and auxiliary polling stations in Haflong in the Dima Hasao district after more than twice the number of enrolled voters cast their vote at the auxiliary station. Five election officials have been suspended for ‘dereliction of duty’.
Assam chief electoral officer Nitin Khade said in a statement that the polling station located at A Khothlir LP School was set up for the first time and had just 90 enrolled voters. But on April 1, during the second phase of the elections, 181 votes were cast here.
“The presiding and first polling officer in their statements have admitted that they allowed the voters registered against the main polling station to cast their votes in the auxiliary polling station. Taking note of this lapse, the district election officer has suspended the sector officer, the presiding officer and three other polling officers and the booth level officer…” the statement read.
This is the second time repolling has been ordered at a constituency. Earlier, repolling had been announced at Ratabari constituency after polling officials were found transporting EVMs in a private vehicle belonging to the wife of a BJP candidate.
Official sources said that the re-poll is likely to be held after the end of the polling process.