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The Election Commission asked the CS of Punjab, the DC of Sangrur why they demanded extension of voting time.

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The Election Commission asked the CS of Punjab, the DC of Sangrur why they demanded extension of voting time.

The commission condemns such behavior by officials during the election process (Image: Reuters / FILE)

The commission condemns such behavior by officials during the election process (Image: Reuters / FILE)

It said the letter of the Returning Officer and subsequent request by the Chief Secretary at 4:05 pm were “an attempt to undue interference in the election process and to influence certain section of the electorate to make them expedite polling or wait for extension of time”. to inspire”.

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The Election Commission on Thursday asked the Chief Secretary of Punjab and the Deputy Commissioner of Sangrur to explain why they sought for closure of polling hours, saying it was “unreasonably interfering in the election process and the electorate”. attempt to influence some class of It said the letter from the Returning Officer and subsequent request by the Chief Secretary at 4:05 pm “attempts to cause undue interference in the election process and influence certain section of the electorate to make them expedite polling or wait for extension of time”. inspires to do”.

The commission condemns such behavior of the officials during the election process. In a strongly worded letter to the Chief Electoral Officer of Punjab, the Election Commission expressed displeasure over the “request to make inappropriate communication” for extension of polling time on polling day for reasons already existing even during the notification of the bypoll. expressed. Officials said the argument for extension was that people were still working in the paddy fields. This was a fact which was already known when the notification was issued.

“I am directed to say that a detailed explanation shall be sought from the Chief Secretary and the Returning Officer as to the reasons and circumstances and new facts which arose in the afternoon on the day of polling, making it necessary to write such a letter so that tomorrow (Friday) ) to reach the commission. to take further decision on initiating disciplinary proceedings at 1.00 pm,” the letter from the EC secretary said. Later Sangrur Lok Sabha by-election had to be held.

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