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Re-elections to be held in two villages in Mohali district after complaints of rigging

SAD filed a complaint with the Election Commission for the alleged rigging in elections in Derabassi block. The party alleged that the candidates backed by them won the elections at many places but the results were changed.

Queue of the voters for the Panchayat elections at village Jhande in Ludhiana on Sunday.Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh

RE-ELECTIONS WILL be held in two villages in Derabassi and Kharar block after complaints of rigging. The Election Commission had not finalised the date, but the elections could be held this week.

SAD filed a complaint with the Election Commission for the alleged rigging in elections in Derabassi block. The party alleged that the candidates backed by them won the elections at many places but the results were changed.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC)-cum-election officer Amardeep Singh Bains said that there were complaints that the ballot papers were torn at Ghatour village in Kharar block and Tardek village in Derabassi block, so they wrote to the Election Commission for holding re-election in these villages.

SAD’s Derabasi MLA N K Sharma told Chandigarh Newsline that the candidates backed by his party won at Shatabgarh village, Naraingarh Jhuggian village, Jharmari village and Shampur village but the results were changed and the candidates backed by the Congress were declared winners.

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Sharma said that they filed a complaint with the Election Commission for holding the elections in these villages. “The Election Commission assured us that an inquiry shall be conducted into the allegations. The re-election were announced. We have full faith in the Election Commission,” Sharma said. SAD’s Kharar in-charge Ranjeet Singh Gill said that the ballot papers at Ghatour village were torn by the candidates backed by the Congress. Gill claimed that their candidate Gurjeet Singh got 397 votes while his rival candidate got 366 votes but the candidate who lost the elections torn the ballot papers.

“We lodged a complaint with the Sub-Divisional Magistrate. Now re-elections shall be held in this village. We were told that the elections could be held on Wednesday,” Gill said. Meanwhile, the results in Balongi colony were delayed till late on Sunday night. The results were declared around 12 am. Saroja Devi, the candidate backed by SAD-BJP, was elected the sarpanch of the village. She defeated her nearest rival Rimple Dhiman with a margin of 300 votes.

The colony, which has around 15,000 voters, is vital for the candidates.