Dehra Dun: In what appeared to be a setback
for BJP in Uttarakhand, the Election Commission today said
it has received less than 30 per cent of the postal ballots on
which the ruling party is pinning its hopes.
"Till date, we have received just over 29,000 postal
ballots out of the total one lakh ballots meant for the
services", said state chief electoral officer Radha Raturi.
Raturi said a whopping 26,000 postal ballots have been
rendered undelivered so far. Out of the 26,000 undelivered
postal ballots, only 8 to 10 postal ballots could be
redirected, she said.
"There is very less chance that we will get a healthy
percentage of postal ballots since only few hours are left for
the counting," she said.
The BJP, which has asked the Election Commission to probe
into the lapses occurred into the undelivery of postal
ballots, has been pinning its hopes on getting a healthy
percentage of postal ballots in its favour.
Significantly, the Election Commission had put the onus
on the army for the large number of undelivered postal