54 pc vote in Phase 4 of local body poll

Re-poll ordered in four booths

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: July 5, 2012 5:36:19 am

Re-poll ordered in four booths

Nearly 54.2 per cent voters exercised their franchise in 136 urban local bodies in 16 districts of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. The State Election Commission (SEC) has ordered re-poll in four polling booths of Kanshiram Nagar and Jhansi.

In Kanshiram Nagar,re-poll has been ordered at booth No. 42 of ward No. 21 of Ganjdundwara Nagar Palika Parishad,where second presiding officer Sunita Rani was allegedly found involved in bogus voting.

State Election Commissioner

S K Agarwal said that Sunita had reportedly taken 15 ballot papers in her possession and dropped seven of them in the ballot box after marking them in favour of a particular candidate. She was caught red-handed while trying to drop the other eight ballot papers in the ballot box.

“Sunita has been arrested and re-poll will be held in that particular booth on July 6,” Agarwal said.

Re-poll has also been ordered at booth No. 57 and 58 of ward No.10 of Jhansi municipal corporation where some miscreants dismantled four EVMs during polling. One of the miscreants has been arrested. Re-poll has been scheduled here on July 6. The same has been ordered for booth No. 30 of ward No. 6 here,where buttons in EVMs were found opened for only 13 candidates while there were 15 candidates.

Candidates and voters created chaos at polling booth No. 21 and 22 of ward No. 2 and booth No. 454 of ward No. 25,where polling could not be started on scheduled time in the morning due to technical snag in EVMs. Polling started an hour late after the EVMs were replaced.

The SEC has put a ban on victory processions and public meetings after the declaration of results across the state. The counting is scheduled in all district headquarters on July 7. Agarwal said that victor processions and public meetings can cause inconvenience to the general public,adding that such processions can lead to clash between successful and defeated candidates.

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