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Recount postponed after protests

Recounting of votes for the election of Sadak village sarpanch was postponed on Friday, after supporters of Parkash Kaur, whose July 10 election has been challenged, alleged tampering with sealed envelopes.

punjab Updated: Aug 30, 2013 23:49 IST
Raghbir Singh Brar
Raghbir Singh Brar
Hindustan Times

Recounting of votes for the election of Sadak village sarpanch was postponed on Friday, after supporters of Parkash Kaur, whose July 10 election has been challenged, alleged tampering with sealed envelopes.


Supporters of Parkash shouted slogans and sat on a dharna at the Faridkot mini-secretariat.

"Recounting was postponed after situation turned tense on a report from the Faridkot SDM. It will now be done in tight police security some other day," said Faridkot deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat.

The DC had ordered recounting on August 23 for August 30.

The election at Sadak was challenged by the losing candidate Chinder Kaur. Parkash Kaur had won the election by 33 votes.

On polling day, heavy police force had to be called in to avoid a clash between the supporters of the two candidates and the polling staff could only be escorted past midnight.

Chinder, who had lost by 33 votes, then filed a petition with the district electoral officer, the DC, raising raising doubts over the results.

Recounting of votes again led to a tense situation on Friday as rumours started doing the rounds that some votes that had been included previously were cancelled.

This led to protests and the subsequent cancellation of the recount.

First Published: Aug 30, 2013 23:47 IST