Mumbai: The Election Commission has ordered a re-poll at four booths spread across three Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra on April 27 citing non-clearance of votes cast during mock polls, as it had a bearing on the actual numbers reflected in the EVMs.
Of the three affected parliamentary constituencies, two are in Mumbai North Central and Mumbai North West which went to polls in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state on April 24. While voting for Ahmednagar seat in the second phase was held on April 17.
Election Commission officials told PTI that votes franchised during the mock polls on the affected booths undertaken by the EC were not cleared before the actual polls, resulting in the EVMs showing more votes cast than the actual number.
“We conduct mock polls a few hours before the actual polling starts, which are then cleared before the actual voting begins. But when we started the vote count in the affected booths, we realised that we actually had more votes than we had registered. So it was clear that the votes of the mock polls were also included in the actual poll results,” an Election Commission officer said.