83% voting recorded at Moga village repoll
Around 83% voters turned up at the re-polling to the Jalalabad zone of zila parishad and Indergarh zone of panchayat samiti at booth number 155 of Indergarh village under the Dharamkot assembly constituency on Monday.punjab Updated: May 20, 2013 22:00 IST
Around 83% voters turned up at the re-polling to the Jalalabad zone of zila parishad and Indergarh zone of panchayat samiti at booth number 155 of Indergarh village under the Dharamkot assembly constituency on Monday.
After the violence, booth-capturing, influencing and threatening of voters at this booth, the state election commission had ordered re-polling.
Additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Amit Kumar said the commission had received complaints regarding booth-capturing at Indergarh village on Sunday. "The poll process was peaceful on Monday and we recorded 82.63% polling. Of the 933 voters, 771 cast their vote," said the ADC.
Deputy commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind said the arrangements for counting the votes for zila parishad and block samiti elections had been completed at Bhupindra Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Moga; SD Senior Secondary School; Kamla Nehru Senior Secondary School, Nihal Singh Wala; Block Development and Panchayat Office, Kot Ise Khan; and Government Senior Secondary School, Baghapurana.
"The counting will begin at 8 am on Tuesday. Due to the counting, the schools concerned will remain closed," Thind added.
He said five counting centres had been set up for counting of votes at Moga, Baghapurana, Nihal Singh Wala and Kot Ise Khan.
The election staff has made proper arrangements at all counting centres in the district. SSP Surjit Singh Grewal said the security arrangements had been done at all rural and urban areas. "Though we have put security in place, special police teams have been formed to tackle any incident," said the SSP.
Meanwhile, both SAD and Congress leaders have claimed win. Senior Akali leader Ranwinder Singh Pappu Ramoowala claimed that the SAD candidates would win all seats of zila parishad and block samitis in Moga, Baghapurana, Nihal Singh Wala and Dharamkot assembly constituencies as people liked the policies of the SAD-BJP government. "The Congress leaders have lost their political ground and voters have neglected them completely," he added.
Harpal Singh Brar, general secretary of Punjab Congress, claimed that the voters would teach a lesson to the SAD-BJP alliance as the state government had not done a single work in favour of the poor and farmers.