The Election Commission has ordered re-polling in six voting Booths which were a part of Phase-1 of the Gujarat Assembly Elections that was conducted on December 9. The re-polling will be conducted on December 14th with the Phase-2 polling in Southern Gujarat regions.
A total of 89 constituencies were part of the Phase-1 of Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017, which was conducted on December 9. As per reports by the Election Commission, six polling booths of 89 have been ordered to conduct re-polling aka re-election because the presiding officers of these six booths had forgotten to wipe out the mock drill poll results. The poll panel has cancelled out the results stored in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in six booths in four constituencies of the first phase of elections. The officers had failed to clear data from the control units after mock polls that are held an hour before the actual polls – so the actual poll data was mixed up with the mock results, giving out an unambiguous report.
As soon as the incident came into light, the EC ordered re-elections in all these booths, including Dhunda and Manpar booths in Jam Jodhpur assembly constituency, Bandharda and Gangda in Una constituency, Chorwad in Nizar constituency and Chanod colony, Chanod in Umargaon constituency. Interestingly, the last two are Scheduled Tribe (ST) constituencies, and others are rural areas – so the announcement of re-election at these booths was done through the traditional methods of beating drums. Apart from that, all concerned officers and political parties have been informed about the change.
The re-polls in all six booths are to be held along with the second phase elections for the remaining 93 seats of the 182 seat state assembly. While the previous erroneous results have been cancelled out, the new re-polled results will be considered and counted as final results. The counting of votes will be conducted on December 18 and results will be declared on the same day, along with the results in Himachal Pradesh.