ITANAGAR, April 27 - More than 79 per cent voters out of an electorate of 6,987 exercised their franchise in the repolling held in 17 out of 18 polling stations spread across four Assembly constituencies under Kurung Kumey and Kra Daadi districts today.
A total of 79.72 per cent voter turnout was recorded in today�s repolling that started from 6 am in the morning and continued till 2 pm, informed Arunachal Pradesh Additional Chief Electoral Officer Kanki Darang here this evening.
This poll percentage excludes figures from two polling stations � Kore Hapa and Jara � under Tali Assembly constituency as the Nirvachan Bhavan is yet to get figures from these two booths. The overall poll percentage is likely to vary once reports from Kore Hapa and Jara polling stations reach tomorrow or day after tomorrow, he added.
Though the Election Commission had ordered fresh polls in 18 polling stations on Saturday, polling in one of the booths, Gimba under the Tali Assembly constituency, could not be conducted as the polling officials, along with the election materials, could not reach there.
The polling team got stuck on the right bank of the Kumey river at Dotte village and they could not cross over to the left bank as unknown miscreants cut off all three hanging bridges along the rural road leading to Gimba village, disrupting their onward march, the Additional CEO stated.
The matter has already been reported to the Election Commission, Darang said and added that repoll would be held at the Gimba polling station in the coming days. He, however, stated that no FIR has been lodged in connection with the incident so far.
The poll panel had ordered repolling following complaints of electoral malpractices and technical glitches reported in the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines.
Polling for 57 out of the 60 Assembly constituencies and two Lok Sabha seats in Arunachal Pradesh was held simultaneously on April 11 last.