SHILLONG | April 12, 2019:

The State Election Department on Friday informed that re-polling will likely be held in one polling station under Selsella Assembly constituency — 35 Konarchar after crisscrossing of machines and mismatch of the figures was detected due to ‘human-error’.

“The by-poll in Selsella Assembly constituency was held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls on April 11; perhaps because of the simultaneous elections being held and because of the presence of two sets of machines, one for the Lok Sabha and one for the bye-election, there was a human error that occurred,” Meghalaya Chief Electoral Officer, FR Kharkongor told reporters here on Friday.

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He informed that this matter was reported to the department late on Thursday evening, almost close to midnight. “It was only when the polling parties returned to the polling centre in Tura that the matter was reported to the State Election officials,” said Kharkongor.

He stated that the sector officers were able to detect a mismatch while checking and ascertaining the total number of votes in both the control units of the EVMs that were used for MP and Assembly by-polls.

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“Immediately, on receipt of this information, the Returning Officer prepared a report and sent it to us on Friday morning and the same was forwarded to the ECI with the recommendation to conduct a re-polling in this particular polling station,” added Kharkongor.

He said that the ECI was apprised of the crisscrossing of the machines and mismatch of the figures, due to human error. “We have recommended re-poll. Now the matter is lying with the ECI and we anticipate that perhaps re-poll may be announced by ECI. We are awaiting further instruction from the ECI as to the date to hold the re-polling,” he added.



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