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Chandni Chowk booth re-poll records 42.14% voter turnout

New Delhi: The polling station in Chandni Chowk where a repoll was conducted on Sunday recorded a voter turnout of 42.14 per cent, eight points down from May 12.

On May 12, polling station number 32 in the Chandni Chowk assembly constituency had recorded a voter turnout of 50.69 per cent.

The polling station recorded a turnout of 14.81 per cent in the first four hours between 7 am to 11 am on May 19.

The polling booth covered 655 registered voters of whom 276 exercised their franchise Sunday, the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer said. On May 12, 332 voters had cast their vote.

The need for a repoll was necessitated since the presiding officer forgot to delete the test votes from EVM cast during mock poll before actual polling on May 12. Mock poll is carried out before actual polling to test whether the EVM is working properly and at least 50 test votes are cast, one for each candidate.

There were doubts raised about two polling stations in the constituency but the report had found repolling was needed only in one booth.

The Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency saw a voter turnout of 62.69 per cent, the second highest after northeast Delhi constituency.

Chandni Chowk is witnessing a triangular contest between incumbent BJP MP Harsh Vardhan, Congress' veteran Jai Prakash Agarwal and Aam Aadmi Party's Pankaj Gupta.

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