Everyone peacefully captured they booths they were enthusiastic
about: Stealing of ballot papers and fraudulent balloting in the Gaya
Gaya, 16 February (Office reporter). There was fraudulent balloting,
stealing of ballots, and tearing up of ballots in hundreds of booths
during the election today in the district. However, apart from scattered
incidents the polling remained peaceful and there was no news of any
large scale violent incident. Due to lax administrative arrangements
whoever was in force at a booth peacefully conducted a fraudulent ballot
at it. The campaign to ‘Boycott the vote’ of the MCC proved ineffective.
Apart from in the odd voting centre its declaration did not appear to
have any effect anywhere. In this manner there is information that voting
was between 50 and 55 percent.
[Hindustan, 17 February 1998.]