DNA India – Punjab elections 2017: Sardulgarh in Mansa records 90.33% turnout during re-poll

The re-poll was held in 48 polling stations in Amritsar, Moga, Mansa, Sangrur and Muktsar due to malfunctioning of VVPATs and EVMs in the initial polling on 4 February.

Mansa recorded the highest polling percentage of 90.33 among the five districts of Punjab where re-poll was held for the Assembly elections on Thursday.

The re-poll was held in 48 polling stations in Amritsar, Moga, Mansa, Sangrur and Muktsar due to malfunctioning of VVPATs and EVMs in the initial polling on February 4.

Re-polling was held in 16 polling stations in Amritsar Lok Sabha segment for the by-election and 12 polling stations in Assembly segments of Majitha, nine each in Muktsar and Sangrur and one each in Moga and Sardulgarh.

Sardulgarh in Mansa, where re-poll was held in one polling station recorded the highest poll percentage of 90.33, followed by Sangrur where it was 84.64 per cent, Moga 81.26 per cent, Majitha 75 per cent and Amritsar 79.02 per cent. Mansa had also led the way with the highest voter turnout on February 4.

There was only marginal difference between polling percentages in 48 polling stations recorded on February 4 and after re-poll on Thursday. Except for the polling booth Number 180 in Sangrur, where the percentage jumped from 65.97 on February 4 to 80.04 after the re-poll.

The decision for re-poll was taken after 4.05 per cent of the Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines failed during the voting on February 4. It was for the first time that the Election Commission had made use of the VVPATs in 33 Assembly constituencies in the state.

A total of 6,293 VVPATs were used, out of which 255 failed. Unlike regular EVMs, the VVPATs allow voters to verify that their vote has been cast correctly through instant feedback.

The re-polls were conducted peacefully, except for an incident in Majitha, where Congress and SAD workers were arrested for allegedly distributing cash among the voters on Wednesday.

The results will be announced on March 11.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-punjab-elections-2017-sardulgarh-in-mansa-records-9033-turnout-during-re-poll-2318230

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