Haryana: EC Orders Re-Voting, BJP Polling Agent Arrested After Video Viral

A polling agent of BJP has been arrested for trying to influence voters at a polling booth in Palwal, Haryana. BJP worker has been arrested after Video of this incident being viral on social media. However, he was later released on bail. Meanwhile, the Election Commission has ordered the voting again at the said polling station.

Issuing a statement on Monday the commission said, "The complaint was found correct in the investigation conducted by the supervisor. Therefore, the commission has ordered to hold fresh voting on May 19 at this polling station. This incident took place in Asavati village under the Faridabad Lok Sabha seat, where voting was held on May 12. "

The Election Commission suspended the concerned Presiding Officer in charge of dysfunction and criminal proceedings against him will be initiated. Due to violation of voting privacy, orders have been made to re-vote.

The Commission said that FIR against Giriraj Singh has been registered under Section 171-C, 188 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 135 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.

According to the statement, Presiding Officer Amit Attri has been suspended for procrastination duty and criminal action is also being initiated against him. The micro observer (supervisor) Sonal Gulati did not report the incident correctly, due to which he has been banned for up to three years for doing any work related to the election.

Taking serious action of not taking immediate action on the incident, 10 election officers of the Faridabad parliamentary constituency has been transferred. IAS officer Ashok Kumar Garg has been appointed by the Election Commission as the new election officer of Faridabad Lok Sabha constituency.

In another a statement released on Monday night, the Election Commission said, "They have been instructed to take charge before today (Tuesday)."

The polling agent was arrested on the EC's complaint. He was later granted bail. In the video clip, he went to the EVM and he pressed the button himself or at least three voters to press the button of a particular party. After this video was viral, many people tagged the Election Commission on Twitter and asked for action, then the commission examined the inquiry.

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