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Re-poll ordered in Bhind booth on November 21

BHOPAL: The Election Commission has ordered a re-poll at a polling booth in Ater constituency of Bhind district. The re-polling will be held on Tuesday.

The timing for re-polling at booth number 71, Kishupura in Ater will remain the same from 7 am to 6 pm and indelible ink will be applied on the middle finger of the left hand of voters, said poll officials. Mock-poll will start at around 5.30 am on November 21, the day of re-polling. EC has ordered the district election officer Bhind to ensure that the representatives of all the political parties are informed and locals are also informed by carrying out a ‘munadi’ (public announcement by beating of drums) in the area.

Sources said that move came after there were allegations of breach of confidentiality of elections at the polling booth. EC found that a polling agent was accompanying the voters till the voting area. Action has also been ordered against the presiding officers, said sources. Both the Congress and BJP candidates from Ater constituency have also alleged anomalies and have demanded re-polling at 16 booths each, both on different booths from EC, however no decision on it has been taken so far.

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