Itanagar: Ahead of counting of votes scheduled on May 23 next, scrutiny of all electronic voting machines (EVMs) of Palin and Koloriang Assembly constituencies has been completed, informed Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer Santosh Kumar Rai.
He, however, added that scrutiny of EVMs of Tali constituency could not be done due to non-arrival of EVM of Zara polling station at the district headquarters.
The DEO had said that almost all the EVMs of Kurung Kumey and Kra Daadi districts have arrived earlier at the district headquarters excepting the EVM of remotely located Zara polling station under Tali Assembly Constituency.
Due to bad weather, the helicopter with the EVM of Zara polling booth along with the polling personnel and other polling materials could not fly from Pipsorang. However, the EVM scrutiny process of Nyapin Assembly Constituency has already been done, he said.
“Scrutiny of the EVMs of Palin and Koloriang Assembly constituencies was carried out by the Returning Officer, as per the ECI guidelines, in presence of contesting candidates, their election agents and poll observer,” the DEO said.
During the scrutiny, the election authorities came across several grievances from the contesting candidates of both constituencies and their election agents where were subsequently forwarded to the Election Commission of India (ECI) for taking a final call on re-poll, Rai informed.
He added, simultaneously we are also preparing for the counting of votes, slated for May 23.
It requires a mention here that altogether, 18 polling stations spread across four assembly constituencies including Koloriang (6), Nyapin (3), Palin (6) and Tali (3) under Kurung Kumey and Kra Daadi districts went for fresh polls on April 27 last following reports of electoral malpractices and other factors like, EVM breakage during the general elections held on April 11.
However, polling in one of the booths, Gimba, under Tali Assembly Constituency, could not be conducted as the election officials along with the poll materials could not reach there as the suspension bridge along the road connecting Gimba was cut off by unknown miscreants.
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