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Poll agent held for trying to influence voters in Faridabad

Reportedly, Polling agents are appointed by the candidates standing in the election to oversee the process in the station. The arrested man’s political party has not been made known as yet.

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk
Faridabad Published on: May 13, 2019 12:08 IST
A screenshot from the video where the polling officer (in

A screenshot from the video where the polling officer (in blue shirt) can be seen appearing to press a button. 

A polling agent in Haryana’s Faridabad was arrested after a video of him trying to influence voters went viral on the social media.

The action was taken against the official after his video was brought to the notice of the Haryana election body.

In the video, the polling agent, wearing a blue shirt, can be seen walking up to the polling booth as a woman prepares to cast her vote. He appears to press a button on the EVM or pointing to a party symbol and then promptly returns to his seat inside a polling booth at Asaoti in Faridabad Lok Sabha constituency.

The man is seen repeating the gesture with two other woman voters.

After the video went viral, several people tagged the Haryana election body's Twitter handle and sought action against the official.

To this end, the District Election Office, Faridabad said the matter was taken seriously and the officer was arrested. 

Faridabad went to polls on Sunday and saw a voter turnout of 64.48 per cent until 10 pm.

The Lok Sabha polls, which began on April 11, will conclude on May 19. The results will be announced on May 23.

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