Despite confusion and complaints about delay in announcement, two polling stations, one each at Delhi Cantonment and Rohtas Nagar constituencies, saw an impressive turnout during repolling on Monday.
Following reports of malfunctioning of EVMs, re-polling was ordered at the two polling stations. Though people started thronging the polling booths early in the morning, they complained that they came to know about the re-polling at the last minute.
The Delhi Cantonment’s polling station number 31 saw an impressive turnout of 69.68%. Rohtas Nagar’s polling station number 132 was also not far behind with a turnout of 66.19%.
According to candidates and residents of the area, election officials informed about the re-polling after 7 pm on Sunday. Soon after the announcement, furious residents and party workers gathered in front of the polling centres on Sunday. Police intervention, however, brought the situation under control.
“The booth-level officers arranged for rickshaws that were making rounds in the colony from 7 pm to 9.30 pm announcing about the re-polling. But it was too late. Those who had gone to office couldn’t get the time to cast their votes, considering it was a working day,” said Niru, a resident of Rohtas Nagar.
In Delhi Cantt also, people expressed displeasure against the electoral office for announcing a repoll.