Polling in West Tripura declared void, EC orders repolling on May 12

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  May 09, 2019, 01:58 PM

The Election Commission has ordered repolling in 10% of the polling booths of West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency, as the legal validity of the polling process was allegedly impaired.
This announcement comes days after the Tripura Congress had alleged the EC of being under political pressure from the BJP, and had warned of filing a plea in the Supreme Court if repolls were not held in minimum 850 polling stations, around 50% of the total 1679 polling booths.  
The order was given based on reports submitted by the Chief Electoral Office, Special Observer and the Returning Officer. The Special Observer for this constituency, Vinod Zutshi, who is a retired Indian Administrative Service officer of the 1982 cadre, and former Deputy Election Commission, had, in his report, suggested that repolling by held in 131 polling stations, on the ground that the “poll process was vitiated”.
The EC has ordered repolling in 37 more booths than was recommended. 
West Tripura had witnessed polling in the first phase, on April 11. The repolling has been scheduled for May 12, in the sixth phase of the ongoing 17th Lok Sabha elections, when elections will be conducted in 59 seats across 7 states. Counting of votes will take place on May 23. 

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