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Phase-III Polls In Odisha: Mispairing Error In 2 Booths, Voting Adjourned, Re-Poll To Be Recommended


23 April 2019

Bikash Sharma


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Bhubaneswar: Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar informed that mispairing error was noticed one booth of Badamba and one booth of Deogarh following which recommendation of fresh poll shall be made to Election Commission of India. 

In a press release, "On 23rd April, 2019 During the process of poll, VVPAT of Polling Station No 196 of Badamba AC was changed after commencement of actual poll, due to some error. By that time a total 134 votes had been polled in the machine."

"The Sector Officer concerned reached the Polling Station with replacement VVPAT machine. However, while replacing the VVPAT machine, wrongly the VVPAT machine meant for Parliamentary Constituency was mistakenly attached to Control Unit and Ballot Unit meant for Assembly Constituency," the press release mentioned.

"This mistake/error was detected after casting of 22 votes polled in the newly replaced VVPAT, when a voter complained about improper display of votes in VVPAT not in accordance to his vote. Accordingly, a test vote was done and and upon enquiry it was established that the pairing was done wrongly as a result of which the VVPAT was showing erroneous display," the release further explained.

Similarly in Polling Station No. 183 of Deogarh Assembly segment, the VVPAT machine meant for Parliamentary Constituency (Assembly Segment) was mistakenly attached to Control Unit and Ballot Unit meant for Assembly Constituency. This mistake/error was detected after casting of 70 votes polled in the newly replaced VVPAT, when a voter complained about improper display of votes in VVPAT not in accordance to his vote.

As per rules, polling has been adjourned immediately and recommendation shall be made to ECI for Fresh Poll.

 

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