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Re-polling in 15 Assam booths

Election authorities announced re-polling following certain anomalies during the final phase of assembly polls.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 20:46 IST

Voting in 15 polling stations in Assam began on Wednesday after the election authorities announced re-polling following certain anomalies during the second and final phase of the assembly polls.

"Voting is going on in full swing in the 15 polling stations," an election official said.

Assam's Chief Electoral Officer JP Prakash said re-polling was ordered in three polling booths in the Mankachar constituency in western Assam where a section of agitated voters on Monday disrupted the voting process after failing to present necessary documents required for identification.

"Re-polling in the other stations was necessitated by human error and other technical problems in handling of the Electronic Voting Machines," Prakash said.

"In one polling station, miscreants damaged the ballot unit."

The final phase of voting in 61 of the state's 126 constituencies ended on Monday with an estimated 78 per cent turnout.

Polling in the first phase covering 65 constituencies was held on April 3 with an estimated 73.24 per cent turnout recorded.

Counting of votes is scheduled for May 11.

First Published: Apr 12, 2006 10:29 IST