Over 65 percent vote during re-poll in Delhi (Lead)

May 10th, 2009 - 7:26 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 10 (IANS) Re-polling in two booths in south Delhi’s Chhattarpur area saw 65.42 percent voter turnout Sunday. The re-polling was ordered in the two booths after they recorded 98.5 percent turnout Thursday, the Election Commission said.
“Voting was peaceful and turnout of 65.42 percent was registered,” said J.K. Sharma, the deputy chief of state election commission.

In polling booth numbers 64 and 64 A, the assistant returning officer had reported 98.5 percent turnout Thursday. Upon close inspection, it was found that 100 percent of the registered male voters had cast their ballot.

The official said that 38 voters had cast their votes in both the polling booths. While polling booth 64 had 718 listed voters, 908 people were eligible to cast their vote at 64 A.

The poll panel observed “duplicate polling” in the booths and ordered a re-poll.

Voting Sunday began at 7 a.m. and concluded at 5 p.m.

The poll panel has ordered an inquiry into the “duplicate voting” and has suspended 10 election officials who were present on duty Thursday.

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