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Repoll ordered in village booth after ballot box found empty

india Updated: Nov 01, 2010 20:39 IST

Repolling was ordered in a booth in Chajjupur village in the district on Monday after the ballot box containing votes polled in the panchayat elections in the region, was found empty during counting, officials said.

On October 28, election officials found the ballot box number 33, with 406 votes in it from Chajjupur to be empty at Navbharat Vidyapeeth Inter College, Partapur, despite the voters having exercised their right.

The ballot papers in the three other ballot boxes from Chajjupur were found in tact.

After receiving a report from the district administration, the State Election Commission ordered repolling on November 2 in the same booth. The polling shall take place from 7 AM to 5 PM.

Meerut Block Election Officer R B Ram also said an FIR would be filed shortly against the polling party and the officers concerned with respect to the missing ballot papers.

Meanwhile, a village in Rohta block in the district elected its chief by lottery after two candidates polled equal number of votes -- 299 each -- despite several recounts.

Lekhraj of Idreshpur village edged Israr for the post of Gram Pradhan after both candidates consented to a draw of lottery to resolve the deadlock.

The defeated Israr claimed that people had elected him as village Pradhan but fate cheated him.

In Behrampur village, the Gram Pradhan was elected by a wafer-thin margin of seven votes.

Davendra was announced as having defeated Narendra after his initial victory margin of 10 votes was reduced to seven votes after three recounts.