District officials have suspended four members of the polling team responsible for the breach of secrecy. The re-polling will take place at booth number 3 under polling centre number 71 at Kishupura between 7 am and 6 pm on Tuesday.
Madhya Pradesh: The Election Commission of India has taken decisive action by ordering re-polling on November 21 at a booth in the Ater assembly constituency in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind district, following a breach of secrecy during voting on November 17. The breach occurred as individuals captured videos of the voting process at the Kishupura booth, leading to concerns about the integrity of the election.
District officials have suspended four members of the polling team responsible for the breach of secrecy. The re-polling will take place at booth number 3 under polling centre number 71 at Kishupura between 7 am and 6 pm on Tuesday. To ensure the sanctity of the process, voters will have indelible ink applied to their middle finger.
The district returning officer has received the order for re-polling, emphasizing the Election Commission’s commitment to fair and transparent elections. Stringent measures will be in place during the re-polling, including a prohibition on voters entering the booth with mobile phones. All other rules outlined in the model code of conduct will be strictly enforced.
District collector and returning officer Sanjeev Shrivastava assured that the entire re-polling process will be videographed for documentation and scrutiny. The Election Commission aims to maintain the highest standards of integrity in the electoral process.
In the Ater assembly constituency, the re-polling will witness a contest between BJP’s sitting MLA, Arvind Singh Bhadauria, and former legislator Hemant Katare of the Congress. With all 230 assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh having gone to polls in a single phase on November 17, the voter turnout was recorded at 77.15 percent. The votes cast will be counted on December 3, determining the political landscape of Madhya Pradesh.