Lok Sabha by-election in Punjab’s Sangrur assembly constituency on Thursday 36.4 per cent polling till 5 pmOfficials said, the Election Commission sought an explanation from the state chief secretary and the district’s deputy commissioner for their demand for extension of polling time.
In a strongly worded letter to the Chief Electoral Officer, Punjab, the panel said that a letter sent by the Returning Officer and a subsequent request by the Chief Secretary “at 4.05 pm” was an attempt to “unreasonably interfere with and influence the election process”. ” Is. a certain class of voters. ,
An Election Commission spokesperson said, “ECI seeks clarification from DC Sangrur and Chief Secretary Punjab for timing the polling at 4 pm on the day of polling without any new facts coming to the fore and attempting to influence a section of voters, Election Commission spokesperson said. ,
“The Commission condemns such behavior of the officials during the election process,” the letter said.
The polling percentage on Thursday is a sharp drop from 2019, when the constituency recorded a polling percentage of 72.40 per cent.