Bhuabneswar, Apr 14 UNI | 3 months ago

The Election Commission of India(ECI) has recommended repolling in 22 booths in Odisha where the polling was disrupted and later cancelled due to EVM related problems including snatching and burning of EVM machines by the armed Maoists on April 10 last.

In the first phase of elections to 10 Lok Sabha and 70 Assembly seats on April 10, the voting in these 22 booths was marred by disturbances forcing the state Chief Electoral Officer(CEO) Mona Sharma to cancel the polling.

While 15 booths in Chitrokonda Assembly constituency in the Maoist hit Malkangiri district were cancelled mostly due to violence let loose by the Red rebels on the polling day, one booth each in Bijepur, Jharsuguda, Daspalla, Bhanjanagar, Athmallick, Kotpada and Patangi assembly constituencies were cancelled due to EVM related problems.

The CEO had sent a report to the ECI to hold repolling in these 22 booths and the later had ordered that the repolling would be held on April 17 along with the second phase polling in the state for the rest 11 Lok Sabha and 77 Assembly seats. CEO office sources here said the repolling will be held between 0700 hours and 1500 hours amid tight security.

(Posted on 15-04-2014)