Poll Agent Arrested Over Video of 'Booth Capture' In Haryana's Faridabad

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Poll Agent Arrested Over Video of 'Booth Capture' In Haryana's Faridabad

New Delhi: In Haryana's Faridabad, a polling agent was arrested 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 was seen in blue t-shirt siting at his table inside a polling booth at Asaoti in Faridabad Lok Sabha seat's Prithla. 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, appears to press a button on the voting machine before returning to his seat. He repeats the act with two other women.

The video also shows that no other official present in the room tried to stop the man from going to the voting compartment.

Haryana election body's was tagged by many people, on twitter the  Twitter handle and sought action against the official.

 

Though the election body admitted that the man was trying to influence voters, it 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 (sic)," 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 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.

Union Minister Krishan Pal Gurjar of the BJP is seeking re-election, in Faridabad. The other candidates are, Avtar Singh Bhadana from Congress and Pandit Naveen Jaihind from Aam Aadmi Party.