Following the orders of the Election Commission (EC), district electoral officer-cum-deputy commissioner has announced re-poll at nine stations in Sangrur segment on February 9.
The repolling has been ordered in the constituency at 6Improvement Trust (old), Kaula Park (N), Sangrur; 39- Government Ranbir College, Sangrur; 94-GPS Ghabdan; 97- Government Elementary School (GES), Santokhpura; 100- GES, Nandgarh (S); 102- GES Gehlan; 106GES Dialgarh;142- GES Aloarkh and 180- Government Senior Secondary School, Nidampur polling stations.
“As per the directions of the EC, we are going to hold repolls at nine stations and the repolling will be held from 8am to 5pm on Thursday,” said deputy commissioner Abhinav Trikha.
“All the arrangements along with security have been done. The political parties have been informed and the rules and regulations will remain same which were earlier in the February 4 assembly polls,” DEO-cum-DC added.
He further said that dry day will be observed in the polling areas including villages and cities from 5pm on February 7 till 5pm on February 9.
The repolling has been ordered in total 48 polling stations falling in the state including Sangrur assembly segments following malfunctioning in the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) and electronic voting machines (EVM) on February 4 assembly elections.
The Election Commission had used VVPAT for the first time in Sangrur and Lehra segments in these elections and polling was affected at several stations at the both constituencies
AAP OPPOSES RE-POLL
Meanwhile, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Dinesh Bansal opposed the repolling claiming that AAP was strong in these stations during February 4 polls.
“I fail to understand why repoll has been imposed on us. We were strong enough on such stations and the EC is deliberately acting like this. But we shall fight,” Bansal told Hindustan Times. However, all Aam Aadmi Party candidates have started their campaign and conducted meetings with the party workers.
SAD-BJP, CONG WELCOME MOVE
SAD-BJP candidate Parkash Chand Garg and Congress’s Vijay Inder Singla, however, welcomed the move.
“It was a technical fault and voters might also face botheration but what can we do? I appeal to my people for some cooperation and to stand with me,” said Singla, who returned from Uttar Pradesh (UP) after the repoll announcement.
“Repolling is not an issue; our works are ready. People have already decided whom to vote,” said Garg.