Mon, 27 Feb 2012 15:46:57 GMT

Punjab village ends up voting for wrong constituency

Electors in a village in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district have ended up casting their votes for the wrong constituency and its candidates in the Jan 30 assembly polls.


Punjab village ends up voting for wrong constituency

The revelation came in the enquiry made by the district administration here following directions from the poll panel which got a complaint about the mistake.

The village in question, Koundla, 20 km from Hoshiapur town, was "mistakenly" clubbed by district election officials with the adjoining village and polling station of Bassi Chaura, official sources here said.

After delimitation, Koundla fell in the area of the Hoshiarpur seat while Bassi Chaura came under the Chhabewal seat. Earlier, both villages had a common polling station in Bassi Chaura.

The result was that the 156 voters of Koundla village cast their votes for the Chhabewal assembly seat instead of the Hoshiarpur assembly seat to which they rightly belong. While Chhabewal is a reserved seat, Hoshiarpur seat falls in the general category.

The "mistake" came to light after Industry and Local Government Minister and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate from the Hoshiarpur assembly seat, Tikshan Sud, shot off a complaint to the EC.

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