Slight rise in turnout in 4 segments Marginal fall in Majitha voting, from 78.77% to 78.57%

Chandigarh, February 9

Repolling was today held at 48 polling stations of five Punjab Assembly segments. Barring Majitha, all Assembly segments saw a marginal increase in the number of votes polled. Sangrur recorded a turnout of 81.09 per cent, up by 0.88 per cent, elevating the district from the fifth to the third spot in poll percentage.  In Muktsar, the polling was 83.07 per cent compared to 82.9 per cent on February 4. In Sardulgarh and Moga, where a booth in each of these segments saw re-polling, the change in percenatge was insignificant.  Repolling at Booth No. 145 of the Moga Assembly constituency saw 81.26 per cent voter turnout against 76.84 per cent on February 4. In Korwala village of Sardulgarh, there was an increase of seven votes compared to the total 1,142 votes polled on February 4. It recorded 90.33 per cent votes compared to 89.8 per cent on February 4.

However, in Majitha, the voting percentage saw a marginal fall — from 78.77 per cent to 78.57 per cent.  While in Sardulgarh re-polling was ordered owing to a defect in EVMs, it was malfunctioning voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) electronic voting machines on February 4 that necessitated a repoll at other polling stations. Defective VVPAT machines had interrupted polling in at least 45 polling stations in the Majitha, Muktsar and Sangrur Assembly segments. Election Commission officials said only seven VVPAT machines had developed a snag during mock polling this time. “Four machines in Majitha, two in Muktsar and one in Sangrur developed snags. All of them were replaced well before polling at 8 am”, said a senior official. There were no reports of violence. In Majitha, Cabinet Minister and SAD candidate Bikram Singh Majithia is locked in a keen contest against Congress and AAP candidates Sukhjinder Raj Singh Lali and Himmat Singh Shergill.