The district election officer PS Pradyumna announced that the Election Commission of India has ordered repolling in five polling booths of Chandragiri assembly constituency in Andhra Pradesh on May 19. The re-polling will be for both Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies between 7 am to 6 pm.
Gopal Krishna Dwivedi, who is the State Chief Electoral Officer, said that the reports which are submitted by his office were checked and taken into account facts and material circumstances declared as a void in the polling in 5 booths in Chandragiri Assembly constituency. Repolling will be held in polling stations 321, 104, 316, 318 and 313 of both Assembly and Lok Sabha segments.
The decision was taken by the EC on the recommendation of state election authorities. Also, a complaint has been considered by outgoing MLA from Chandragiri and YSR Congress Party candidate C. Bhaskar Reddy that voters of one particular community were not allowed to cast their votes on April 11. In addition, other complaints were received from many sources too, CEO said. On this, the CEO asked the Chittoor collector to inquire into the complaints and based on it, repolling has been declared.
However, the Telugu Desam Party said the ECI should not go in a "biased manner." TDP state president K Kala Venkata Raio met Addl. CEO Sujata Sharma and objected for a repoll based on YSRCPs complaint. Earlier, on May 6, repolling was held in five polling booths over three districts.