The Election Commission of India has declared the polls held on April 18 at polling station in Puducherry as "void". Re-polling will be held in polling station no-10 in Kamaraj Nagar assembly segment of the Puducherry Parliamentary constituency.
In an order on Wednesday, the Election Commission stated that the re-polling will be held on May 12 between 7 am to 6 pm.
"After taking all material circumstances into account, the Election Commission hereby declares under Sub-Sections (2) of Section 58 of clause (b) under the Representation of the People Act, 1951 that the poll taken on April 18, 2019, at Polling Station No. 10 of 10-Kamraj Nagar Assembly Segment of Puducherry parliamentary constituency to be void," an order from the Election Commission to the Returning Officer of Puducherry read.
The Election Commission directed the Returning Officer to ensure that wide publicity is given in the polling areas. It also directed the official to inform political parties and contesting candidates about the fresh poll.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Election Commission had declared ''void'', polls held at 168 polling stations in Tripura West parliamentary constituency on April 11 and ordered re-polling on May 12.
"After taking all material circumstances into account, the Election Commission declared under Sub-Sections (2) of Section 58 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 that the poll taken on 11 April, 2019, at 168 polling stations in 1-Tripura West parliamentary constituency against the assembly segments to be void and appoints 12 May at the date and fix hours from 7 am to 5 pm for taking a fresh poll," an official statement said.
The poll panel directed the state's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) to ensure that wide publicity is given in the polling areas. It also directed the official to inform political parties and contesting candidates about the fresh poll. Polling for two parliamentary constituencies in Tripura was held in two phases, on 11 and 18 April. Counting of votes will take place on 23 May.
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