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Assam panchayat: 50 pc votes polled, anomalies reported in

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Around 50 per cent polling was recorded in the first phase of the panchayat election in on Wednesday, during which voters at several places complained of anomalies in papers and voters list, officials said.

Nearly 50 per cent votes were polled till the closing time of 3 pm but the exact figure would be known late in the evening as there were still long queues of voters at several polling stations, (SEC) sources said.

Anomalies in papers and voters lists were found at several places in Kamrup, Tinsukia, and districts.

Complaints of mismatch in the candidate's name and party in papers came from Nagarbera area in district and Tipaimukh in district, while incorrect names of contestants were also detected in ballot papers at Lachitgarh Gaon in district, the sources said.

Contestant's names were also missing in ballot papers at Titabor in district.

H N told that the anomalies in ballot papers were settled locally with of fresh ballot papers to continue the process.

The SEC attributed the name-symbol mismatch in ballot papers to "careless printing".

There were also reports that people burnt some ballot papers at Hathipara in district alleging poor quality of the papers, affecting the polling process temporarily.

said he was waiting for police reports on this.

People also expressed resentment at their names being missing from the voters' lists at Duliajan, Jalukbari, Pragjyotishpura and Amsing near Guwahati, Tatunbari in Gohpur area of district.

The SEC said it is the responsibility of the voters to check if their names are there in the voters list before the hustings.

The names of the voters for the election were taken from the 2016 assembly polls voters list with a supplementary one updated till 2017, he said.

said repoll, if required, would be ordered after receiving reports from the district administrations.

Meanwhile, one person was injured in police firing when he attacked security personnel with a sharp weapon at a polling station in district, police said.

The person, suspected to be

mentally unstable, first beat up some voters standing in a queue and later attacked the securitymen at Habibul gaon polling station at 7 am.

The security personnel fired at him in self defence injuring him in his leg, police said adding that he has been hospitalised.

The first phase polls was held in 16 districts to decide the political fate of 43,515 contestants in 15,899 posts in the three tiers of panchayati raj - Zilla Parishad, Anchalik Panchayat and Gaon Panchayat, the sources said.

Altogether 442 candidates of various parties have already been declared winners uncontested.

The second phase of polling will be held on December 9 and counting will take place on December 12.

The SEC has restricted the media from publishing or airing results of exit poll till the completion of the polling process on December 9.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 17:50 IST