EC orders repoll for Brus

Published on May 10, 2004 04:01 PM IST

Election Commission has ordered repoll for 3,620 Bru voters lodged in six relief camps in North Tripura district.

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Election Commission has ordered repoll for 3,620 Bru voters lodged in six relief camps in North Tripura district.

Eight Assistant Returning Officers left Aizawl for Tripura today after the Election Commission ordered repoll for the Bru voters, Returning Officer for the Mizoram's lone Lok Sabha seat, C Tawnluaia told PTI.

A company of the state armed police has accompanied the election officials to Tripura to ensure free polls and also the safety of the officials.

"The AROs have to return here not later than May 12 as counting commences from May 13. They would bring the boxes containing postal ballots here for counting,'' he said.

The EC ordered repoll following a series of incidents and controversies surrounding the casting of votes by Brus.

The Mizoram Secular Forces (MSF), a conglomerate of three political parties - Congress, Mizoram People's Conference and Zoram Nationalist Party - alleged that the postal ballots issued earlier to the Brus were rigged by Bru rebels.

The MSF alleged that the ballot papers were forcibly collected by the underground Bru National Liberation Front leaders from the voters and posted in a post office in neighbouring Silchar of Assam.

Meanwhile, two persons, posing as election officials took away a mail bag containing Bru postal ballots from Aizawl post office on May 5. The two, identified as ZNP leaders, were still absconding.

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