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Peaceful re-polls in Kollam district

EC on Sunday directed re-polling in 4 booths to rectify technical errors.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2006 08:50 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Re-poll in four polling booths in two constituencies of Kerala's Kollam district on Wednesday passed off "peacefully" with more voters turning up than on April 22.

The office of the chief electoral officer in Kerala said that in the three booths in Chavara constituency there was an increase of 63, 59 and 36 votes while at the booth in Karunagapally constituency there was an increase of 32 votes compared to the voting on April 22.

The re-poll was ordered after election observers found that polling officers in the four booths did not function according to prescribed guidelines of the Election Commission.

The booths came under the scanner when all booths that recorded 80 per cent polling or more in the first phase April 22 were scrutinised to see if polling had taken place according to rules.

In two booths, the polling officer put the signature of the voter in the electoral roll and in other booths - instead of the signature of the voter - the voter's thumb impression was recorded.

The Election Commission on Sunday instructed that the four booths undergo a re-poll to rectify such technical errors.

Election observers had conducted a scrutiny on Sunday in 581 polling booths in the elections held to 59 constituencies that had recorded a polling of 80 per cent or more.

First Published: Apr 26, 2006 21:38 IST