The Election Commission of India has announced conducting repolling in 13 polling stations in Tamil Nadu, where the Lok Sabha elections were held on April 18. However, there are expectations that repolling would be held in more booths.
Eight stations in Dharmapuri, two in Theni and one each in Thiruvallur, Cuddalore and Erode will go to polls on May 19, Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo said.
Sahoo said that errors were found during polling in 46 booths across 13 districts. He said that the same had been communicated to the Election Commission. The reason stated was that the presiding officers of this 46 booths did not format the EVMs after mock polling.
Sahoo had earlier told the media that he recommended the EC to conduct repolls in 10 stations across the state for the Lok Sabha polls.
The Commission’s move also comes amidst the Opposition objecting to shifting of EVMs from Coimbatore to Theni and Erode last night, though the CEO clarified that it was ‘normal’, keeping in mind the requirements in case of a repolling.
The CEO reportedly attributed the errors in the 13 polls for which repolling has been ordered to the mock polls held before voting.
Booth officials reportedly forgot to format the machines before the actual polling began, which meant that mock votes are also likely to have been counted. The State Election Commission has submitted its report on the same to the Central Election Commission in New Delhi.