Polling Agent arrested on charges of booth capture: EC

New Delhi: A polling agent in Haryana’s Faridabad was arrested after a video of him allegedly trying to influence voters went viral on social media. Faridabad voted in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections on May 12.

Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa confirmed that the person has been arrested. The District Election Office, Faridabad, on its official Twitter account, said polling was not compromised in the booth.

The video shows a man in blue t-shirt sitting at his table inside a polling booth at Asaoti in Faridabad Lok Sabha seat’s Prithla. Women voters can be seen standing in a queue inside the room. The man walks up to the voting compartment as a woman prepares to cast her vote, appears to press a button on the voting machine before returning to his seat. He repeats the act with two other women.

In the video, no other official present in the room tried to stop the man from going to the voting compartment.

Many people tagged the Haryana election body’s Twitter handle and sought action against the official. The election body finally took noticed and the polling agent was arrested.

Faridabad which went to polls on Sunday along with seven other states saw a voter turnout of 64.48 per cent until 10 pm. In 2014 polls, the voting percentage was recorded at 64.98 per cent.

Spread over seven phases, Lok Sabha Elections, which began on April 11, will conclude on May 19. The results will be announced on May 23.

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