BJP complains to EC of bogus voting in Ater

  • | Friday | 1st December, 2023

Bhopal: Just three days before counting of votes, BJP has alleged bogus voting at a booth in Ater assembly constituency of Bhind and complained to the Election Commission.The BJP has based its complaint on a video that shows a man purportedly instructing a woman voter on how to cast her vote and later pressing an EVM button on behalf of a male voter. The footage, apparently from a CCTV camera, is from one of the two booths (11 and 12) in Khadit village.This incident took place in plain view of the polling officers.The video also shows a crowd of voters inside the booth, contravening the protocol that only one voter should be present inside the booth at any given time, said sources.BJP leaders forwarded the video to the state Chief Electoral Officer Anupam Rajan and demanded cessation of counting at these booths.Ater is one of the hotly contested seats with BJP minister Arvind Bhadoria pitted against Congresss Hemant Katare. On November 17, soon after voting, Bhadoria had filed a complaint with the EC, demanding repolling in six booths. Repolling was conducted in booth 71. Dissatisfied with this EC action so far, BJP has voiced fresh concerns in its fresh complaint.We also published the following articles recentlyMP: BJP seeks repoll alleging capturing of 2 booths under Ater assembly seat in recently-held pollsBJP alleges anti-social elements captured booths in Ater assembly constituency in Madhya Pradeshs Bhind district during recent elections. BJP demands re-polling at booth numbers 11 and 12. BJP submits proof of booth capturing to Election Commission. Video clip shows a man approaching the enclosure area inside a booth multiple times. Madhya Pradesh CEO promises appropriate action if the incident is confirmed.Ditching home voting, 80 years & above reach booths to cast their voteOctogenarians, nonagenarians, and even centenarians from Jaipur stepped out to cast their votes from polling booths instead of voting from home. Many elderly citizens, including 85-year-old Jitender Pal and octogenarian Kashmiri Lal Kataria, chose to physically visit the booths despite their physical limitations. The facility of e-rickshaw pick up and drop was available for senior citizens in almost all constituencies. Parvati Devi, accompanied by her daughter-in-law, also opted to vote from the booth to witness the atmosphere inside.Polling booths made for small chunks of voters in remote border districtsTo ensure easy and inclusive voting in the Rajasthan assembly election-2023, the election department has made polling centres in remote and less populated areas. Innovations have been implemented to increase the voting percentage. In Barmer, a polling centre has been established for just 34 voters, while in Jaisalmer, a booth has been set up for a family of 35 people. These measures aim to prevent any voter from being deprived of using their franchise.

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