Guwahati: Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Thursday wrote to the Election Commission of India (ECI) requesting to count postal ballots before counting the votes polled on EVMs.

Citing the example of Bihar elections, the APCC president Ripun Bora said, “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 in the social media.”

He said, as a result of this, many candidates lost by a slim margin of votes, and fingers were pointed at the ECI.

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Bora appealed to the commission to “Take necessary and proper steps to count postal ballots before the EVM votes so that the vote counting of Assam Assembly Election might be clean and clear and nobody would be able to raise fingers against the Election Commission.”

Assam Assembly Elections were held in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 7. The votes will be counted on May 2.

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