Published On : Wed, May 30th, 2018

Maharashtra re-poll: 23% voting in Bhandara-Gondia

Nagpur: Around 23 per cent voting has been recorded so far in the re-polling in 49 polling stations for the bye-elections to the Bhandara-Gondia Lok Sabha constituency, a poll official said here on Wednesday.

There are no complaints of any glitches in the Electronic Voting Machine-Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (EVM-VVPATs) so far at 11 a.m., the half-way mark of the polling process, which will end at 3 p.m.

The counting of votes will be held on Thursday.

The re-poll was ordered by the Election Commission (EC) after widespread incidents of malfunctioning of VVPAT-EVMs during the polling held on May 28.

The polling began at 7 a.m. across Bhandara, Sakoli, Arjuni-Morgaon, Tirora and Gondia assembly segments that comprise Bhandara-Gondia parliamentary seat in eastern Maharashtra.

Tuesday’s fast-paced developments also saw the Collector of Gondia Abhimanyu R. Kale — who was overseeing the Bhandara-Gondia parliamentary constituency elections — being shunted out and replaced by Kadambari S. Balkawde.

The high-stakes bye-elections to the seat, along with Palghar, remained inconclusive on Monday, amidst widespread glitches in EVM-VVPATs and allegations of foul play by all opposition parties and ruling ally Shiv Sena.