Ballot Boxes Not To Be Kept In Main Strong Room After Repoll: Odisha SEC

Bhubaneswar: The ballot boxes, after the re-polling to be held on February 23 in Odisha, are not be kept in the main strong room, said State Election Commission (SEC) Secretary Rabindra Sahu on Tuesday.

After the re-polling, which is to be held at 45 booths where the election was disturbed during the first two phases of polling, the ballot boxes will be kept in a separate strong room.

The main strong room will not be opened under any circumstances, said Sahu while adding that the SEC has instructed for tight police arrangement for security of the ballot boxes.

Meanwhile, the SEC has received the proposal for re-polling at 30 places where the election process was disrupted during the third phase. The polling in the said places will be held on February 25, he added.

Sahu further informed that 45 percent voter turnout was recorded till 12 p.m. in the fourth phase of Panchayat elections today. No untoward incident was reported from any place except cancellation of polls for one post each in Kendrapara and Jajpur.

The polling for the post of Sarpanch was cancelled in Kendrapara, and for the post of Ward Member in Jajpur due to an error in ballot papers. Polling for other posts is still underway at the booths, he added.