28 April 2019
Keonjhar: In a blow to free and fair elections, a video of a Presiding Officer casting vote for the voters in a Keonjhar booth by standing next to them near the polling compartment has gone viral. It is notable to mention here that a person’s ballot is absolutely secret and no one is allowed to go near the EVM when a citizen is exercising his/her franchise.
Reportedly, the incident took place booth no. 171 at Bholanuagaon under Ghasipura assembly constituency during third phase polls on April 23. Soon after the video went viral, the district election officer recommended suspension of Presiding Officer Suresh Chandra Nayak and Fifth Polling Officer Judhistira Panda.
Sector Officer Arati Singh was also served show cause notice in connection with the incident and re-polling in the booth has been recommended to the Election Commission of India.