Ballot papers with votes found in Biswanath, locals allege rigging

Biswanath, December 7: An incident of vote rigging has become apparent after ballot papers with people’s votes on those were recovered from a student in Potlibari village of upper Assam’s Biswanath district.

Two days after the first-phase of Panchayat election, 30 ballot papers, with votes to both Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and undersigned by an polling official was found from a student of the Potlibari Primary School that was the polling station for 2 number Potlibari village.

Earlier, during voting, some conscious locals had noticed “anomalies” in voting process and raised concerns but those fell flat to concerned officials.

“We had told them about rigging. But, now it has become apparent. How can votes get in the hands of a children out of the ballot box?” a local alleged.

Another, said, “When asked, the child had said that he does not know what thee papers are. he had also burnt most of the papers. Only 30 of those are left.”

Several instances of rigging and annomalies has surfaced during this election. Today, re-polling were conducted at 48 polling booths due to certain anomalies on the order of the the Assam State Election Commission.

The people of Potlibari, on the other hand, has demanded re-polling in their village.