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AAP demands re-poll at all Bhubaneswar North Assembly booths

Bhubaneswar: Claiming that nearly 17 per cent voters under Bhubaneswar Assembly constituency were deprived from casting their voting in the recently concluded Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday demanded re-polling at all 214 booths soon.

“Nobody wants to go to the root of poor polling in the capital city. Nearly 17 per cent of the total voters under the Bhubaneswar North Assembly seat could not exercise their franchise since their names were not in the voters’ list,” said AAP leader Swrna Patnaik.

Patnaik said in many cases it was seen that husband and wife have cast their votes at two different polling booths though they are residing at a single house.

“There is a gross negligence on the part of concerned officials in distributing voters’ slips to voters. Voters were not provided any information / chits showing their polling booths or serial number as a result most of the voters went back home without casting their votes resulting in poor turnover,” said Patnaik.

Patnaik further alleged that at some rural locations polling booths of some villages like in Barimunda, where voters boycotted elections, was shifted to a location far from their village at the behest of a certain political party.

Hence, we urged the Chief Electoral Officer to ensure re-polling at all the polling booths soon.

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