Polling at two stations of Duar Amla constituency in West Karbi Anglong district is underway on Friday after the Assam election commission announced a re-poll yesterday after violence broke out in the booths.
According to reports, violence had broken out in the two polling booths during the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) elections which took place on Wednesday. An angry mob destroyed ballot boxes and set papers on fire after alleging foul play by the polling officers.
Officials informed that re-polls began today at number 16 Punja Borpathar ME School and number 17 Borpathar LP School at 7.30 am amid strict security arrangements.
The Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) of Karbi Anglong, Rejesan Terang said that voting began today at the two stations after re-polls were ordered in light of the violence.
He said, “Voting began at 7.30 am at the two polling stations under Duar Amla constituency. We meet with the stakeholders yesterday and they did not put forward any objections."
“Accordingly, voting began today in which more than 1,800 people will vote. Police forces have been deployed since early morning for peaceful conduction of the polls,” he added.
The ADC hoped that amid tight security arrangements, voting will be held peacefully.
It may be noted that the secretary of the state election commission issued a statement on Thursday regarding the incident. It read, “In polling station numbers 16 and 17 of Duar Amla constituency of West Karbi Anglong, repoll was ordered as per report of deputy commissioner and returning officer and the repoll will be held on June 10, 2022.”
“On respect of the other polling stations, all the ballot boxes were returned safely,” the statement added.
Security personnel deployed there had to resort to blank firing to disperse the mob.