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.
एक नेता को जिताने के लिए ये तरीका सही नहीं है! ! ये संविधान, कानून और नैतिकता के खिलाफ भी है! ! ! गाँव असावटी पलवल (हरियाणा) pic.twitter.com/m2euOOBkf2— SHAHID KURESHI (@UqAsmTfpZGNwK0e) May 12, 2019
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.
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— DISTRICT ELECTION OFFICE FARIDABAD (@OfficeFaridabad) May 12, 2019
ECI: DEO Faridabad has reported that a polling agent was arrested yesterday and FIR has been lodged. He was trying to effect at least 3 women voters. Observer visited the booth at Asawati in Prithla constituency of 10, Faridabad PC. He is satisfied that voting was never vitiated.— ANI (@ANI) May 13, 2019
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.