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EC gets conflicting reports

EC gets conflicting reports

Staff Correspondent

The Election Commission has found inconsistencies in the numbers of electorates in some 90 constituencies in the January 5 national polls after scrutinising the figures it received separately from the returning officers and the presiding officers.
After the vote, the presiding officers, individuals in charge of the polling stations, sent one set of the figures to the returning officer, the official responsible for a constituency, and another set to the EC.
Later, the returning officer complied the figures it received from the presiding officers of her/his constituency and forwarded the total number to the EC.
EC's senior assistant secretary Farhad Hossain told The Daily Star that the range of the discrepancies in each constituency would be no more than 20 to 30 voters, and that the insignificant numbers would not affect the election results.
"It may have occurred due to migration of voters from one constituency to another," he said.
The EC has recently sent letters to the respective returning officers to remove the inconsistencies and send fresh numbers again, said the commission sources.
The 90 constituencies are spread throughout 25 districts, including Satkhira, Bramhanbaria, Tangail, Mymensingh, Sherpur, Bogra, Rajshahi, Nilphamari, Panchagar and Thakurgoan.
In the 10th parliamentary elections, 153 MPs were elected uncontested, while voting was held in the remaining 147 constituencies.


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