Guwahati (Assam ) , Dec 05 : Mismatch in party symbols , missing names in the electoral rolls , killing of a person and snatching of the ballot box and later, burning down the ballot papers alleging discrepancies marked the first phase of Panchayat Polls today .
Reports of mismatch in symbols of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) were reported from different parts of the state.
At Titabor in Jorhat district, ballot papers displayed the lotus symbol of BJP against Congress candidate Rekhamoni Hazarika and the hand symbol of Congress against BJP candidate Poornima Hazarika Kachari. The incident took place in No. 64 East Tengal Gram Panchayat under Titabor assembly constituency.
A similar incident was reported from No. 103 Borbari Gram Panchayat under Barhampur assembly constituency in Nagaon district, where ballot papers displayed the BJP’s symbol against a Congress candidate.
Anomalies in ballot papers and voters lists were found at several places in Kamrup, Tinsukia, Biswanath and Jorhat districts. Complaints of mismatch in the candidate’s name and party in ballot papers came from Nagarbera area in Kamrup district and Tipaimukh in Tinsukia district, while incorrect names of contestants were also detected in ballot papers at Lachitgarh Gaon in Kamrup district.
Contestant’s names were also missing in ballot papers at Titabor in Jorhat district. State Election Commissioner H N Bora told PTI that the anomalies in ballot papers were settled locally with the printing of fresh ballot papers to continue the voting process. The SEC attributed the name-symbol mismatch in ballot papers to “careless printing”.
Voting was held in 16 districts to decide the fate of 43,515 candidates. There were altogether 92,19,938 voters.
Altogether 442 candidates of various parties have already been declared winners uncontested. The second phase of polling will be held on December 9 and counting will take place on December 12.
A retired BSF jawan , suffering from mental disorders, was shot dead by the police in Golaghat district after he allegedly unleashed a reign of terror with a machete near a polling station.
With Agency inputs.