Repoll peaceful; voting continues till dusk

SILCHAR, April 7: Repoll ordered by the Election Commission in 10 polling booths of Barak Valley, 8 in Cachar, one each in Hailakandi and Karimganjwhich took place today on the basis ofthe report of the Observers was peaceful. However, the turnout attributed to the sudden decision of the EC with barely 12 hours left for the voters to know was low compared to that of on April 4. In the polling booth of 23 Surya Kumar High School at Tarapur, whereas on Monday, of the total electorates of 735,489 had cast their votes against 440 today. The average casting of votes was around 58 per cent compared to 72 to 75 per cent on April 4.
Similarly low turn out was reported from 77 Sridurgapur LP School in Karimganj South, 38 Manikpur Nimna Prathamik Vidyalaya in Borkhola, 82 Iswar Chandra Mahendra Chandra High School in Algapur, 62 GabindapurMarkab in Udharband, 78 Bhagini Nibedita Balika Uccha Bengali Vidyalaya, room No. 2 in Silchar, polling station No. 119 AK Chanda Law College, room No. 1, 120 AK Chanda Law College, room No. 2, 124 Nrityamoyee Balika Vidyalaya, room No. 1 in Silchar and 161 Anandakhal LPSchool, in Dholai. In the polling boothsof AK Chanda Law College, room No. 2 and 38 Manikpur Nimna Prathamik Vidyalaya in Borkhola, casting of vote went beyond 5 pm.
In fact, all the political parties were taken by surprise at the decision of the EC for repoll. The leaders of opposition had in fact demanded repoll mostly in Sonai, Lakhipur and South Karimganj on the alleged ground of malpractices. In South Karimganj, however, one polling booth as notified was covered by repoll. (SentinelAssam)

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