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Srinagar, Nov 17 (UNI) The Chief Election Commission will decide about repolling in three polling booths in Bandipora and Kargil constituencies where Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) were damaged after two rival groups clashed.

The State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) B R Sharma told reporters here this evening that a number of complaints were received from different quarters about unfair means being used during polling.

Mr Sharma said two EVMs got damaged at Poshwari, Bandipora, in polling station number 61-A and 61-B after National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters clashed.

''We have not taken any decision yet about repolling in these booths,'' he said.

In Kargil, in polling station number 48 at Silskote, polling was adjourned after the EVM was damaged after supporters of Congress and NC clashed.

Mr Sharma said there was a complaint that state police was forcibly asking people to take part in the polls. However, after verification, the complaint was found to be incorrect, he said.

He said three poll officials, including presiding officers were suspended after they stayed in the house of a contesting candidates.

The CEO said at Inderwal police foiled an attempt by a group of non voters to participate in polls.

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