The Election Commission of India has on Tuesday ordered a repoll in booth number 92 of Velachery Assembly Constituency in Chennai.
The fresh voting will be conducted on April 17 between 7 am and 7 pm, according to the ECI. In an order addressed to the returning officer of Velachery, the Election Commission said, “On the basis of the report of the returning officer, observers and after taking all materials circumstances into account, the Commission hereby declares under of Sections 58 (1(b) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 that the poll taken on 6 April 2021 (Tuesday) at polling No 92 of 26-Velacherry Assembly constituency to be void and appoints 17 April 2021 (Saturday) as the date and fixes the hours from 7.00 A.M. to 7.00 P.M. for taking a fresh poll.
” The order said that the polls will be conducted based on the instructions provided by the Commission in the handbook for returning officers. The EC requested the officials to publicise the information in the polling areas and to inform the contesting candidates through a written note.
The Commission requested that adequate security at the polling stations be enforced for free, fair and peaceful conduct of re-poll. The repolling will be held as four men were caught carrying electronic voting machines (EVMs) and VVPAT machines on two-wheelers after polling on April 6, which triggered a major controversy.