Decision on Hailakandi repoll next month: EC

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Silchar, Jan 21 (UNI) State Election Commissioner Chandra Kanta Sharma today said any decision about repoll in Hailakandi district of Assam will be announced in the first week of February.

Addressing a press conference in Hailakandi, Mr Sharma refused to say if a repoll would be held in 309 polling booths or a fresh election in the entire district would take place.

The counting of votes for rural election will complete over on January 28 in the state and thereafter, a decision about Hailakandi will be announced,'' he added.

The state Election Commissioner, who arrived here yesterday to take stock of the situation in the district, where the January 9 rural election was marred by large-scale violence and rigging, blamed the administration for all the trouble.

He said conducting election was a commissioner's responsibility, but it required full cooperation from the administration, which was absent in case of Hailakandi.

Earlier, the State Election Commission ordered repoll in 309 booths in the district.

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