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Assam EVM row: EC suspends four election officials, orders repoll | India News


NEW DELHI: The Election Commission of India (ECI) suspended four election officials in Assam’s Karimganj who traveled with a surveyed EVM in the vehicle of a BJP candidate yesterday.
The voting panel has also ordered that the assembly in the cockpit be repeated.
“A notice of just cause was issued for violation of the transport protocol. PO and 3 other officials were suspended. Although the EVM seals were found intact, it was decided to carry out a new survey at No 149- Indira MV School of LAC 1 Ratabari (SC), “EC said today in a statement.
“The EC issues a factual report on the incident involving EVM in Assam. Electoral party 149-Indira MV School of LAC 1 Ratabari (SC) met with the incident. The party consisted of a president and three staff members They were accompanied by police personnel that included a bailiff and a house guard, “said EC.
Explaining the incident, the EC further said that the electoral party realized that they were in the BJP candidate’s car only after the car was intercepted by a mob of 50 people (who also threw stones) and the leader of the mob told the team that it was the BJP candidate’s car and claimed that the EVMs were taking four rigging.

Assam EVM row: EC suspends four election officials, orders repoll | India News

“At approximately 9:20 PM, the voting group called a passing vehicle and approached it along with its EVM and other things without verifying the ownership of the vehicle. As reported by them, they headed towards Karimganj and when they reached Kanaishil, Karimganj at 11:00 pm, they had to slow down in traffic, “EC added.

Assam EVM row: EC suspends four election officials, orders repoll | India News

“As they slowed down, they were surrounded by a mob of about 50 people who began to throw stones at them. The mob also began to abuse them and did not allow the vehicle to pass,” the Electoral Commission also said.
When the mob leader was questioned, he replied that it was the vehicle of Krishnendu Paul, a contender for Patharkandi, and made accusations that he was taking EVM away for manipulation. They realized that something was wrong and alerted the sector. official”

On examination, the EC said that the surveyed EVM comprising BU, CU and VVPAT was found to be with its seal intact without any damage of any kind. All items have been deposited in the strong chamber.
The second phase of the Assembly elections took place in 39 constituencies in 13 districts of Assam on Thursday. During the second phase, a voter turnout of 74.76% was recorded.
Voting for the third and final phase will take place on April 6 and the vote count will take place on May 2.
(With inputs from agencies)

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