Punjab officials tried to sway voters with last-minute polling extension request: EC 

The Election Fee on Thursday expressed its “displeasure” with Punjab authorities officers for looking for a last-minute extension to the polling hours for the continued Sangrur parliamentary seat by-poll.

The EC sought explanations from the Punjab Chief Secretary and the Sangrur Deputy Commissioner, who’s the Returning Officer, in line with a letter by the EC to the Punjab Chief Electoral Officer. The EC acknowledged in its letter that the Returning Officer and subsequently the Chief Secretary had written to the ballot physique at 4.05 p.m. looking for an extension to the ballot hours, whereas the polling was initially scheduled solely until 6 p.m. In the meantime, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, who had vacated the Sangrur seat in March after successful the Punjab Meeting polls, mentioned in a tweet in the present day that the ballot timing needs to be prolonged for an hour as a piece of the voters had been busy working of their paddy fields.

The EC mentioned the Returning Officer and Chief Secretary’s letters amounted to an “try of unduly interfering within the election course of and affect sure class of voters by conveying them to expedite voting or look forward to a time extension. Fee condemns such conduct by the officers throughout election course of”.

The EC sought the replies by 1 p.m. on Friday so it might take “additional choice on initiating disciplinary proceedings.”

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