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Assam: 171 Votes Cast in Dima Hasao District That Has Only 90 Voters

The district election officer has suspended five poll officials of the booth, set up at 107(A) Khotlir LP School, and proposed a repoll.

Haflong (Assam): At least 171 votes were cast in a booth in Assam’s Dima Hasao district, even though only 90 people were eligible to exercise their franchise, officials said on Monday, revealing a massive irregularity.

The voters’ list of the polling station had 90 names, but 171 votes were cast in the electronic voting machine (EVM), officials told PTI.

The booth is in the Haflong constituency, which went to the polls in the second phase on April 1.

Haflong witnessed 74% polling.

As the incident came to light, the district election officer suspended five poll officials of the booth, set up at 107(A) Khotlir LP School, and proposed a repoll.

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However, the official order for re-election at the booth, an auxiliary polling station of the main voting centre at Mouldam LP School, is yet to be issued.

The suspension order by the deputy commissioner-cum-district election officer of Dima Hasao was issued on April 2, the next day of polling, but it came to light on Monday morning.

Stating “dereliction of duty”, the EC suspended Seikhosiem Lhangum (sector officer), Prahlad Ch Roy (presiding officer), Parameswar Charangsa (first polling officer), Swaraj Kanti Das (second polling officer) and Lalzamlo Thiek (third polling officer) with immediate effect.

“The head of that interior village refused to accept the voters’ list and brought a list of his own. Then, the people of the village voted according to that list,” an official said.

It was not immediately known why the polling officials accepted the village head’s demand and whether there was any security personnel present at the polling station or what role they played.

(PTI)