May 10, 2009 12:21:41 am
The Chief Electoral Officer has directed re-polling on Sunday for two polling stations in Chhattarpur. According to the CEOs office,this is being done as one of these polling stations recorded a voter turnout of more than 90 per cent while the other saw duplicate polling.
In polling station number 64,the Assistant Returning Officer told me that the voter turnout was 98.5 per cent. Upon inspecting closely,we found that the voter turnout for males in that polling station was more than 100 per cent, said Vivek Pandey,the Returning Officer for South Delhi,the constituency in which Chhattarpur falls.
Pandey also said that it was observed that 38 voters had cast their votes in polling stations 64 and 64A. Hence,a decision was taken to recommend both for re-polling.
After I was informed of these discrepancies,a preliminary inquiry was conducted based on which I recommended to the commission that we carry out re-polling, Pandey said.
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The voters lists have been redrawn and all party workers as well as workers from the Returning Officers office are going around informing voters that re-polling is scheduled between 7 am and 5 pm on Sunday. Pandey also indicated that once polling is over,a detailed inquiry may be conducted to check whether there was any foul play in the initial round of voting on Thursday.
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