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Repolling ordered in 42 stations
STAFF REPORTER
 GUWAHATI, Dec 6 - The State Election Commission has ordered repolling in 42 stations where balloting was held yesterday as part of the first phase of panchayat elections.

In 27 polling stations of Lakhimpur district, repolling will be held on December 10. In the rest of the 15 stations – three in Kamrup, one in Biswanath, two in Gohpur, two in Dhakuakhana, three in Dhemaji, two in Sivasagar and one each in Titabor and Charaideo – repolling will be held tomorrow, state election commissioner HN Bora said.

The polling percentage in the first phase was 80. Darrang recorded the highest turnout at 81.5 per cent, while the lowest polling was recorded in Sadiya at 65.5. In Majuli, the polling was 78.81 per cent while in Kamrup metro, it was 71.3.

Repolling was ordered in 27 centres in Lakhimpur due to anomalies in symbols in the ballot paper and in some cases, there were disruptions after people were not able to find their names in the voters list.

“The respective deputy commissioners are verifying the claims of the people who have complained that their names were not in the voters list. Necessary action will be taken,” official sources said.

Meanwhile, the State Election Commission has sought a report from the Darrang DC on a complaint filed by the Congress that a higher secondary school was closed early to facilitate a panchayat poll campaign by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. The Congress also alleged that students of Deomornoi HS were forced to participate in the rally by the Chief Minister.

The State Election Commission is also “looking into” another complaint by the Congress on the announcement regarding inauguration of the Bogibeel bridge on December 25 next. The announcement, which was made on the day of first phase of polls, was made to influence voters, the Congress alleged in its complaint.

Polling was held in 14,077 polling stations spread across 27 election districts – those in upper Assam, north Assam and central Assam – yesterday. Around 98,500 polling personnel were deployed for the first phase of the exercise.

In the first phase polls, 796 candidates are contesting for 251 zila parishad member seats, 3,799 candidates fighting for 1,304 anchalik panchayat member seats, 4,155 candidates vying for 1,304 gaon panchayat president posts and 34,765 candidates in fray for 13,040 gaon panchayat member seats.

The second phase of elections will be held on December 9. Counting will be held on December 12.

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