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New Delhi:

The Election Commission of India on Monday suspended the presiding officer Asoti in Faridabad and ordered repolling at the booth after it was found that a polling agent had forced a voter to press the button for the BJP during polling on Sunday. The incident took place at Asawati village in the Faridabad parliamentary constituency where polling was held on May 12.

The Faridabad election office had on Sunday said that the polling agent who was trying to influence voters was arrested on Sunday. The EC also placed the presiding officer concerned under suspension for dereliction of duty and initiated criminal action against him. In a statement on Monday, the poll panel said, “On enquiry by the Observer, the complaint was found to be true. Commission has therefore ordered a fresh poll at this polling station on May 19.”

“The presiding officer Amit Atri has been placed under suspension for the dereliction of duty and criminal action is also being initiated against the presiding officer. Micro observer Sonal Gulati has not reported the incident correctly for which the commission has barred her from any election-related work for three years,” EC said.

An FIR has been registered against the accused, identified as Giriraj Singh. He was produced in court and is now out on bail.

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