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Order for arrest of two presiding officers in Ganjam, Odisha, three suspended, accused of serious negligence

The accused officers had been discovered to be allegedly influencing voters to vote for a specific political social gathering. Earlier, a polling officer posted at Narla in Kalahandi district and a presiding officer at Chikiti in Ganjam had been suspended for dereliction of responsibility.

Order for arrest of two presiding officers in Ganjam, Odisha, three suspended
Order for arrest of two presiding officers in Ganjam, Odisha, three suspended
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Voting for the primary part of Lok Sabha and Meeting elections happened in Odisha on Monday. In the meantime, the state Chief Electoral Officer ordered the suspension and arrest of two presiding officers of Ganjam district and three others in Ganjam and Kalahandi for critical dereliction of responsibility.

CEO Nikuanja Bihari Dhal stated, “We have ordered the Ganjam District Collector to suspend three presiding officers and arrest two of them for serious dereliction of duty. Presiding officers of polling station number 27 and 163 in Chhatrapur have been suspended. Will be arrested. Similarly, the presiding officer of polling station number 193 has been ordered to be suspended.

The accused officials were found to be allegedly influencing voters to vote for a particular political party. Earlier, a polling officer posted at Narla in Kalahandi district and a presiding officer at Chikiti in Ganjam were suspended for dereliction of duty.

According to the Election Commission of India, 62.96 per cent voting took place in Odisha till 5 pm. Kalahandi parliamentary constituency recorded the highest turnout at 67.07 per cent, while Nabarangapur saw 65.07 per cent voting. Among assembly constituencies, Dabugam in Nabarangapur district recorded 71.30 per cent voting, while Dharamgarh in Kalahandi district recorded 70.06 per cent voting.

The primary part of voting in Odisha happened on Monday in Berhampur, Nabarangapur, Kalahandi and Koraput parliamentary constituencies and 28 meeting constituencies in these constituencies. Meeting and Lok Sabha elections will likely be held concurrently in Odisha in 4 phases from May 13 to June 1. Voting outcomes for each will come on June 4.


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