APCC president Ripun Bora.

A day after the conclusion of the Assam Assembly elections, Congress has asked the Election Commissioner of India (ECI) to take up the counting of postal ballots first.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora in a letter on Wednesday urged the poll panel to count the postal ballot votes before the EVM votes.

“…in the last Bihar Assembly Election, the postal ballot votes were counted at late night after the EVM votes. For this many discrepancies and complaints were raised during the counting of ballots by many contesting candidates and it was viral on social media. As a result, many candidates lost in a narrow margin of votes and pointed fingers against the Election Commission,” the letter read.

“Therefore, we appeal to your honour to take necessary and proper steps to count the postal ballot votes before the EVM votes so that the votes counting of Assam Assembly Election might be clean and clear and nobody would be able to raise fingers against the Election Commission…,” Bora said.

Over 82 per cent of the 2, 33, 74,087 voters cast their votes in three phases of elections to the 126-member Assam assembly.

The results will be declared on May 2.

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