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EC orders re-polling at Faridabad booth after BJP polling agent caught trying to influence voters

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A BJP was arrested for allegedly trying to influence voters at a polling booth in Haryana's after a video of the purported act went viral, prompting the to order re-polling.

In a statement on Monday, the poll panel said, "On enquiry by the Observer, the complaint was found to be true. Commission has therefore ordered a fresh poll at this polling station on May 19."

The incident took place at Asawati village in the parliamentary constituency where polling was held on May 12.

The EC also placed the presiding concerned under suspension for dereliction of duty and initiated criminal action against him.

The re-polling was ordered for violation of secrecy of voting.

An FIR was lodged under Indian Penal Code sections 171 C (undue influence at elections) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant) and section 135 of RP Act 1951 against the polling agent, Giriraj Singh, it said.

"The presiding office has been placed under suspension for the dereliction of duty and criminal action is also being initiated against the presiding Micro observer has not reported the incident correctly for which the commission has barred her from any election related work for three years," it said.

Taking a serious note of failure to take immediate action on the incident, the poll body said the Returning 10 of constituency has been transferred out from present posting and it has directed the to send a panel of three suitable officers immediately for replacement.

The was arrested following a complaint by the and subsequently released on bail.

In the video clip, the could be seen going near the enclosure meant for casting votes and trying to influence voters.

Krishan Pal Gurjar of the BJP is seeking re-election from

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 21:21 IST
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