Repolling was held at two booths in Delhi Cantt and Rohtas Nagar on Monday after the Election Commission (EC) pointed to anomalies in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) that were used in the areas on February 7.
Delhi Cantt recorded 69.68 per cent turnout on Monday, with 632 out of 907 registered voters coming again to cast their vote. While the EC clarified that repolling was done in the area because the polling officer forgot to delete mock votes, the BJP and AAP blamed each other for the “conspiracy”.
Alleging that this was a stunt by the AAP, BJP candidate Karan Singh Tanwar said, “The EC has connived with the AAP and Congress. The AAP knew that Delhi Cantt is a BJP support base and that it will lose in the area by a huge margin. That is why it concocted this story of mock votes not being deleted from EVMs. Once the results are out, I will demand a fair inquiry into the matter.”
On the other hand, AAP candidate Commander Surender Singh, said, “The EC scrutinised the EVMs after voting ended and realised that they had forgotten to delete the mock votes. This is why they asked for our consent to carry out a repoll. I believe it is a BJP trick. The BJP knows that despite the area being its stronghold, people have voted for the AAP this time. So, the BJP panicked and hatched this conspiracy.”
Meanwhile, the polling booth at Rohtas Nagar recorded a turnout of 66.19 per cent, with around 1,200 votes being polled.
“Due to an issue with a button in one of the EVMs, the final tally was less by a couple of dozen votes. But we did not want to take any chances, as even a few seats can affect the final result. So, we informed officials and repolling was conducted,” Rohtas Nagar ERO Pawan Kumar said. “All officials concerned were informed beforehand and all required arrangements were made in time. Re-polling results will also be announced on Tuesday,” he said.
Elaborate security arrangements were in place at the booths and polling went on smoothly.