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Thursday, 18 February 2021

59.39% voters show up in repoll at two booths

Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 17

Amid tight security arrangements, 59.39 per cent voter turnout was witnessed during the repolling for the Mohali Municipal Corporation elections at two booths — 32 and 33 — of Ward No. 10 today.

There was nearly a 7 per cent decrease in the polling as 66.29 per cent turnout was recorded on February 14.

There are 1,648 votes in these two booths of whom 999 voters — 497 male and 502 female — exercised their franchise. While 527 votes were polled in Ward No. 32, 472 votes were cast in Ward No. 33.

Other than voters, no one was allowed to enter the area within 200 metres of the main entrance of the polling centre building. Congress candidate Amarjit Singh Jeeti Sidhu and Azad Group candidate Paramjit Singh Kahlon remained present near the main gate of the polling station.

The polling process was smooth till 3 pm, but later Kahlon alleged that the Congress candidate was getting fake votes polled. The police arrested two persons. Daler Singh Multani, Kahlon's election agent, said those in "pink turbans and white kurta pyjamas" were not being stopped by the police and they were entering without showing their identity proof.

Cabinet Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu termed the allegations of bogus voting by the Azad Group baseless. The State Election Commission had, on Tuesday, ordered repolling in the two booths in Ward No. 10 after Kahlon complained that there was "booth capturing" by Congress workers.

The counting of votes in all 50 wards of the Mohali MC will be held tomorrow. All eyes are now on this as the Congress has got an absolute majority in five of the seven municipal councils in the district.



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