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EC orders re-poll in Gujarat’s Santrampur after BJP leader’s son livestreamed booth capturing

After a son of a BJP leader and party member took control of a polling booth in Dahod, Gujarat, and live-streamed the incident on social media before deleting it, the Election Commission has announced a re-poll in the Santrampur Assembly Segment of Dahod.

“I am directed to state that the matter of irregularity committed at the polling station number 220 of 123-Santrampur Assembly Segment of 19- Dahod Parliamentary Constituency was reported to the Commission by the Observer deployed and the Returning Officer concerned. The Commission, after considering the irregularity committed during poll process at the said polling station, hereby declares, under subsection (2) of Section 58 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, the poll held on 07.05.2024 (Tuesday) at Parthampur P.S. No. 220 of 123-Santrampur Assembly Segment of 19- Dahod Parliamentary Constituency, to be void and appoints 11th May, 2024 (Saturday) as the date and fixes the hours from 7.A.M. to 6.00 P.M. for taking fresh poll in accordance with the Commission’s instructions contained in Chapter-13 of Hand Book for Returning Officers, 2023,” read a letter by Under Secretary Anuradha Singh to the Chief Electoral Officer, Gujarat.

The viral video shows that Vijay Bhabhor, the son of a BJP leader and party member, verbally abused officials and participated in alleged bogus voting with others. He even claims ownership of the EVM and other equipment, stating that they belong to his father.

An FIR has been filed against two individuals, Vijay Bhabhor and Magan Damor, based on a complaint lodged by Santrampur Mamlatdar I.P. Pathan. Both were detained and charged IPC Section 128, 121, 122, 131/B, 171/D, and 135.

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