A polling agent in Faridabad near Delhi was arrested on Sunday after he allegedly influenced voters in the sixth round of the national election. The action was taken against the official after a video on Twitter was brought to the notice of the Haryana election body.
In the video, a man in a blue t-shirt, now identified as a polling agent, kept walking up to the polling booth and appears to have reportedly either pointed to the party symbol on the EVM or pressed the button, that for at least three voters.
No other official present in the room tried to stop the man from going to the voting compartment.
Women voters can be seen standing in a queue inside the room. The man walks up to the voting compartment as a woman prepares to cast her vote, and he appears to press a button on the voting machine before returning to his seat. He repeats the act with two other women.
After the video went viral, multiple people tagged the Election Commission on Twitter asking for action to be taken against the man.
Many people tagged the Haryana election body’s Twitter handle and sought action against the official.
The man tried to influence voters , what next actions could be taken?
The election body admitted that the man was trying to influence voters but said the polling process was not affected.
“Prompt action taken. FIR lodged. Person behind bars. Observer enquired the matter personally and is satisfied that polling was never vitiated,” the District Election Office in Faridabad tweeted after the Haryana election body instructed them to take action. The man has been charged for alleged booth capturing.
The local election office said the polling agent was trying to influence “at least 3 lady voters”. The Election Commission of India said it sent the Faridabad election observer to the booth for a probe. Based on the election body’s complaint, the man was arrested by the police on Sunday evening.
The person in the video is the Polling agent who has been arrested in the afternoon itself. FIR lodged. He was trying to effect at least 3 lady voters. Observer & ARO with teams visited the booth at Asawati in prithala constituency. He is satisfied that voting was never vitiated
The election commission said it will study the report of the Faridabad election observer before deciding further action.
Haryana recorded a voter turnout of 69.50 per cent after ten parliamentary seats voted on Sunday. Faridabad recorded a 64.46 turnout.
In Faridabad, Union Minister Krishan Pal Gurjar of the BJP is seeking re-election. Avtar Singh Bhadana is the Congress candidate and Pandit Naveen Jaihind is the Aam Aadmi Party candidate.
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