A polling agent in Faridabad near Delhi was arrested on Sunday after his video was widely shared on social video in which he was found influencing voters in the sixth round of the national election.
The video shows a man in blue t-shirt siting 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.
Though the election body admitted that the man was trying to influence voters, it said the polling process was not affected. As questions are being raised as to how the the poll body is claiming that the voting process was not vitiated citing that the agent influenced only three voters, Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa said, “The scrutiny of this polling station will be comprehensive.”
The person in the video is the Polling agent who has been arrested in the afternoon itself. FIR lodged. He was trying to effect at least 3 lady voters. Observer & ARO with teams visited the booth at Asawati in prithala constituency. He is satisfied that voting was never vitiated
— DISTRICT ELECTION OFFICE FARIDABAD (@OfficeFaridabad) May 12, 2019
In Faridabad, Union Minister Krishan Pal Gurjar of the BJP is seeking re-election. Avtar Singh Bhadana is the Congress candidate and Pandit Naveen Jaihind is the Aam Aadmi Party candidate.