Re-Poll In 2 Four Polling Stations

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Chief Electoral Officer on Thursday recommended re-poll in four polling stations of following reports of error on part of polling officials during replacement of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines.

CEO Surendra Kumar said “I have recommended fresh polling in four booths – two each in Sundargarh and Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituencies due to human error during replacement of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines.

Though there was no defect in the VVPAT, mismatch was noticed as the officials had apparently connected EVMs meant for Lok Sabha to assembly polls and vice versa, he said.

“There was only human error, no technical fault,” Kumar said adding appropriate action will be taken against the poll personnel responsible for the error.

The booths where fresh poll was recommended were booth No 129 (Bonai assembly segment), booth No 213 in Sundargarh assembly segment (both in Sundargarh Lok Sabha seat), booth No 210 and booth No 222 (both Daspalla assembly seat) under Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituency.