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Panchayat elections: Repoll ordered at 573 booths

Kolkata: The State Election Commission (SEC) on Tuesday announced repolling in as many as 573 polling booths out of 46,404 in which election was held on Monday. The repoll will be held on Wednesday from 7 am to 5 pm and the results will be declared on Thursday.
According to sources in the SEC, apart from Jhargram district, there will be repoll in 19 out of the 20 districts where the elections were conducted.
North Dinajpur tops the list with 73 booths going for repolls. The other districts which will witness repolls in a good number of booths are Murshidabad 63, Nadia 60, North 24-Parganas 59, Malda 55, Cooch Behar 52. Hooghly will have repolls in 10 booths, West Midnapore in 29, Jalpaiguri in 5, Purulia in 7, South Dinajpur in 35, West Burdwan in 3, Birbhum in 6, Bankura in 5, South 24-Parganas in 29, East Midnapore in 24, Alipurduar in 2, East Burdwan in 18 and Howrah in 38 booths.
"The figure of booths where repoll will be held maybe one or two more as the last round of scrutiny will again be held in the evening," an SEC official said.
There will be at least one SI and one ASI rank officer who will be manning each of the polling booths where voting will be conducted. "The announcement over microphone informing people about the repoll started in the evening," a senior SEC official added.
The SEC had sought reports from the District Magistrates of all districts regarding irregularities in the election process which reached the SEC office by afternoon. The SEC scrutinized all the reports and in the evening announced repoll. According to a senior official, the repoll was ordered on the basis of incidents that include law and order problem, natural calamity, ballot box/ballot paper unlawfully taken, destroyed, lost, damaged, tampered etc.
The polling percentage after scrutinizing the entire poll percentage stands at 82.13 percent. East Midnapore witnessed the highest polling percentage of 85.13 followed by Purulia registering 85.06, Jhargram 84.93 and South 24-Parganas with 84.87 percent.
Meanwhile, four Trinamool Congress leaders and workers were killed by goons allegedly backed by CPI(M) and BJP in different districts in the state.
It may be mentioned that in the past 24 hours, 10 Trinamool workers have been killed. Six of them were killed on Monday and four more have been murdered on Tuesday.
One Trinamool Congress leader was killed after goons reportedly backed by BJP beat him up near his residence early on Tuesday morning at Duttaphulia in Nadia. The leader had resisted BJP from looting vote in some booths. His wife is a Gram Panchayat candidate. Early on Tuesday morning, some miscreants raided his house and began beating him with sticks and iron rods. They left him lying on the street in a pool of blood. Local residents took him to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced brought dead.
In Kultuli in South 24-Parganas, Sabir Ali Mollah, a local Trinamool leader was killed by goons allegedly backed by the SUCI. The criminals attacked him near his house and hit him with iron rods.
A TMC worker was killed when some miscreants fired at him on Tuesday morning.
In Gangarampur in South Dinajpur, a Trinamool Congress worker was killed by miscreants backed by BJP. The miscreants attacked him with iron rods. He was declared brought dead when taken to a hospital.
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