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Repolling in Chandragiri: Naidu says EC decision 'unethical, unconstitutional'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu Thursday criticised the Election Commission's order to hold repolling in five booths in the Assembly constituency as unethical and unconstitutional.

Thirty-four days after voting was held in the constituency, the EC ordered repoll based on a report by the Chief Electoral Officer, and without waiting for the recommendations of a panel set up for this purpose, Naidu alleged.

On the contrary, the poll panel on May 15 Home Secretary for having interfered in the elections process by directing the state's CEO, he said.

In a representation to the EC about the repolling ordered in his state, the incumbent said, " is injustice. (It is) unfortunate, unethical and unconstitutional."

Naidu demanded the EC play a "neutral role" to facilitate free and fair election without being "partisan at the instance of any particular party".

"Hence, the and other Election Commissions are requested to take steps to restore the confidence of the people in the EC and to create a level-playing field between the BJP-allies and other parties in the country," he added.

Chandragiri, located in district, is one of the 175 assembly constituencies in the state. There are total 25 parliamentary constituencies.

Both assembly and Lok Sabha elections were held together in on April 11. The votes will be counted on May 23.

The ordered repoll on May 19 in five polling stations in the Assembly segment, under LS constituency.

Repoll would be held at polling stations 321, 104, 316, 318 and 313 of both Assembly and Lok Sabha segments, the state said in a release

YSR MLA and contesting candidate lodged a complaint with the early this month that voters belonging to a particular community were not allowed to exercise their franchise when polling was conducted on April 11.

The reportedly received some other complaints over the polling in the constituency from other sources as well.

In West Bengal, the EC had on may 15 ordered the removal of (Home) and Additional Director General, CID, Rajeev Kumar, from their posts in the wake of violence between BJP and TMC workers in Kolkata.

Sudeep Jain, who is in charge of West Bengal, had said action was taken against Bhattacharya "for having interfered in the process of conducting elections" by directing the state chief electoral officer, which he was not supposed do.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 20:51 IST