Punjab Assembly elections 2017: Repolling underway in 5 districts

The repoll was 0rdered by EC due to malfunctionings in the Voter-Verified Audit Paper Trail (VVPAT) EVMs on February 4.

Following the Election Commission’s (EC) directions given, repolling has been conducted in 48 polling stations across five districts in Punjab state on February 9. The five districts are – Amritsar, Moga, Muktsar, Mansa and Sangrur. The Punjab government has also declared a holiday in these 5 districts. All offices, boards, corporations, educational institutes and public undertakings of the state government in these five districts will remain closed.

Earlier on February 7, the repoll was 0rdered by EC due to malfunctionings in the Voter-Verified Audit Paper Trail (VVPAT) EVMs on February 4. The assembly constituencies where repoll has been ordered include Majitha (12), Sangrur(6), Muktsar(9), Moga(1) and Sardulgarh(4).

EC had used VVPAT for the first time in Punjab at 6,668 polling stations in 33 assembly segments and two segments in Amritsar Lok Sabha seats.

The EC had also ordered a repoll in some polling stations of the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat for which by-election was held on February 4 along with voting for 117 assembly seats.

The fate of 1,145 candidates, including 81 women and one transgender, has been sealed in the EVMs following voting held on February 4. Over 66 per cent electorate had exercised their franchise on February 4.

Counting of the votes polled will take place on March 11.

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