BHOPAL: The Election Commission on Wednesday claimed that postal ballots found at police headquarters canteen were not tampered with. The panel said that disciplinary action has been initiated against four home guard officials and a postman in this connection. In a major lapse, polled and un-polled ballot papers were found in canteen of home guard on Tuesday.
The election officer, however, issued two press statements on the same issue within a few minutes. The first release stated that three polled, sealed postal ballots and 74 un-polled postal ballots to be delivered to government employees were found in the canteen of home guard headquarters.
The three polled ballots were handed over to returning officer of Govindpura. It said that 74 unpolled postal ballots that were found undelivered by the postman even though each envelope was individually marked with name and address. All of them were delivered to the home guard office by the postman. The ballots could not be delivered as the employees were posted elsewhere, now they are being delivered.
The first press statement from EC said that disciplinary action has been taken for dereliction of election duty against a postman Gopal Prajapati district commandant home guard, Poornima Shrivastava ASI, Shyam Singh constable and Asil Kumar Uike. The second press release stated that postman did not deliver 124 sealed postal ballots to their marked addresses and the bundle was delivered to an ASI posted in office of district commandant of home guard.
Negligence was found in handling of postal ballots over which director general home guard is taking action against the officials concerned. The EC has issued marching order to Sagar deputy collector Vikas Singh with immediate effect. He has been shifted to Bhopal as additional secretary.