Repolling underway in Andhra Pradesh

April 26th, 2009 - 1:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Hyderabad, Apr 26 (ANI): Repolling is taking place amidst tight security at 63 booths in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday.

The Election Commission had ordered the re-poll on Saturday due to irregularities including damage to the electronic voting machines (EVM’s) and technical problems during the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 23.

Twenty-one polling booths in Kadapa, and 14 in Ananthpur districts are among the 63 booths where re-polling is taking place.

The election authorities have ordered installation of cameras in all booths and senior IPS officers have been deployed to oversee the polling.

The polling will continue till 5 p.m.

Meanwhile, following the Election Commission’s orders, 12 election staff members and about 16 agents have been arrested at two polling stations in Kondukur Assembly segments in Prakasam district.

Election officials had brought to notice on Saturday that polling agents in two elections booths in the district were caught on camera while casting votes with the voters.

Chief Electoral Officer I. V. Subba Rao said that the polling agents entered the voting compartments along with genuine voters and manipulated them.

A polling official was also seen advising a voter to cast his vote for a particular party. (ANI)

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