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Missing names, massive rigging charges mark polls in Lakhimpur

Voter queuing to cast their votes at a polling station in Narayanpur, Lakhimpur. – North Lakhimpur Correspondent
 NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Dec 5 - Panchayat polls across Lakhimpur district today was marred by huge irregularities and chaos with suspension of voting in various polling stations where the names of hundreds of voters were found missing from the electoral roll and there were demands for repoll.

Hundreds of voters in a number of polling stations in Lakhimpur LAC areas found their names missing in the electoral roll while coming to cast their votes. In No. 2 and No. 3 Bogoleejan polling station on the outskirts of North Lakhimpur, 80 to 100 names were found missing from the electoral roll depriving those of exercising their franchise. In Zoihing Gaon Panchayat polling stations like Girza Line and Zoihing Labour Club, Staff Line and Koilapathar, No. 15 Line polling was suspended till 1 pm as the names of hundreds of voters were found missing from the electoral rolls. Angry voters protested outside the polling stations forcing the polling personnel to hold-up the poll process.

Phanidhar Baruah, the district president of BJP who was present outside the polling station of Zoihing Labour’s Club told this correspondent that the Lakhimpur district administration was not responsible as the electoral rolls were printed within a limited period of time. Chandra Chutia, the Congress candidate contesting for the Leelabari ZPC alleged that the State machinery had deleted the names of those voters who were traditionally Congress supporters or in Congress supporting areas.

In Dhakuakhana LAC, rigging was alleged in Medhi Suti polling station. In East-Telahi (Ward-5), Balijan-Gamchuk and Na-Ali (Ward-3) polling stations widespread rigging has been alleged by the Congress. Speaking to this correspondent Dr. Joy Prakash Das, Lakhimpur District Congress Committee president alleged that in these polling stations, which had been earmarked as sensitive, armed security was not provided by the district administration despite his repeated appeals. He demanded repoll in these polling stations.

In West-Telahi (Ward-5, 6 and 8) polling stations, rigging has been alleged along with dropping of voter’s names including that of contesting candidates. In No-5 ward of West-Telahi Gaon Panchayat angry voters, whose names were found missing from the electoral roll, forced the polling personnel to suspend voting mid-way. Mass rigging was also reported in Kopak Chapori polling station in Ghunasuti Gaon Panchayat of Lakhimpur. There was chaos in four polling stations of Bosagaon Gaon Panchayat where 400 names were missing from the electoral roll. In Nowboicha LAC, voting was suspended intermittently in Mazgaon polling station for the same reason.

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