EC orders repolling in six booths in Gujrat, Officials forget to wipe mock drill poll results on EVMs

Gandhinagar: The Election Commission has ordered repolling in six booths on Tuesday, where the polling was already held on December 9 during first phase of the Gujarat assembly elections. The repolls will be held along with the final and second stage of polling on December 14.

Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat BB Swain said that this decision has taken as the presiding officers of these booths had forgotten to wipe out the mock drill poll results stored in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

As per the directives and training of the officers, the data has to be wiped out before using EVM for the actual polling.

Poll panel has cancelled the votes registered in the EVM used in six booths spread over four constituencies of the first phase of elections.

The six booths have been identified as Dhunda and Manpar both in Jam Jodhpur constituency, Chorwad in Nizar (ST) constituency, Chanod Colony in Umargaon (ST) constituency, Bandharda and Gangda in Una constituency.

“The reason for cancelling these booth results is that the Presiding Officers (PO) had forgotten to wipe and delete the existing mock poll drill in their EVMs. We have initiated necessary actions against these lax officials,” Swain told the IANS.

All the voters of these booths, the concerned officials and political parties have been informed about this change.

The result of the Gujarat Assembly Elections along with the results of Himachal Pradesh will be declared on December 18.