Umaria: Counting manipulated, candidate lodges plaint

During counting of votes in village panchayat Bodali of Umaria district, allegations were made that a candidate for the post of sarpanch was defeated by one vote during the power cut.

FP News ServiceUpdated: Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 11:26 PM IST
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Umaria (Madhya Pradesh): A candidate for sarpanch’s post who lost polls by one vote lodged a complaint to the district collector alleging manipulation in counting of votes on June 25

During counting of votes in village panchayat Bodali of Umaria district, allegations were made that a candidate for the post of sarpanch was defeated by one vote during the power cut. The supporters of the candidate and his counting agent raised a voice of protest and demanded re-counting but to no avail.

The voting took place on June 25 followed by counting. Both the candidates got 225 votes each, after which the candidates demanded re-counting twice, but the results remained the same. When for the third time recounting started, there was a power cut.

The results were changed when the power supply was restored. Jitendra Singh's 225 votes remained the same but Puran Singh's one vote was reduced to 224. Puran Singh and his counting agent objected to this but the authorities concerned didn’t pay heed to the same. The collector assured the complainant that he would look into the matter.

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