The Punjab election commission on Tuesday ordered repolling at two booths of the SAS Nagar municipal company on 17 February after receiving reports of irregularities right by balloting on 14 February, when elections were held for over hundred civic our bodies in the issue.
The snarl comes on a day repolling was performed in three booths of the Patran and the Samana municipal councils in Patiala following reports of digital balloting machines being broken by some miscreants.
Elections were held on 14 February for 2,302 wards of eight municipal companies and 109 municipal councils and nagar panchayats, and counting of votes is on Wednesday. There were 9,222 candidates in the fray and 71.39 percent turnout was recorded in the polls for the civic our bodies.
“The Punjab State Election Commission (PSEC) received reports of irregularities right by polling from the sub-divisional magistrate-cum-returning officer by the deputy commissioner-cum-district election officer of SAS Nagar,” an legit spokesperson acknowledged.
They sought repolling at booth number 32 and 33 of ward number 10 of Sahibzada Ajit Singh of the SAS Nagar Municipal Company, the PSEC spokesperson acknowledged.
The commission launched to nullify the earlier polling performed in these booths and ordered repolling on 17 February from 8 am to 4 pm. The counting for the total municipal company of SAS Nagar will happen on 18 February, the spokesperson acknowledged.
Repolling was held at three booths of the municipal councils of Patran and Samana in Patiala on Tuesday.
Patiala deputy commissioner-cum-district election officer Kumar Amit acknowledged that 87.72 percent balloting was registered at polling booth number 11 of ward number 8 in Patran.
He acknowledged that 57.72 percent voter turnout was recorded at polling booth number 22 and 23 of ward number 11 in Samana.
The PSEC on Tuesday also ordered deputy commissioners to appoint micro observers for vote counting of sensitive and hypersensitive wards.
On the counting of votes, the Commission ordered to depute IAS, PCS or assorted senior officers as micro observers in sensitive and hypersensitive wards.
Opposition parties has accused the ruling Congress in Punjab of shooting booths and indulging in violence.