BCA election ends with over 90% turnout

After a "hectic" campaign full of allegations and mud-slinging for the prime posts of the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) by panels of Alembic CMD Chirayu Amin and Gaekwad scion Samarjitsinh, the election day finally arrived for the association on Sunday.

Although the voter turnout was over 90 per cent, tense moments were witnessed as duplicated prints of the ballot sheets were discovered during the voting process, leading to a heated exchange between Amin and Gaekwad in the polling area.

The voting at the BCA elections witnessed some anxious moments when Chirayu Amin and Samarjitsinh Gaekwad came face to face after it was discovered that some ballot sheets were duplicated, thus resulting in a double vote by members. While the Amin camp accused Gaekwad's panel for purportedly sneaking in duplicate ballots in order to sabotage the election process, the election officers said that it was a "printing error".

For the first time, the BCA elections held at the Motibaug Palace, owned by Samarjitsinh.

On Sunday afternoon, the duplicate ballot sheets were discovered after a friend of a member of the Amin camp disclosed that he had voted for them twice. When the "Revival BCA" team asked for the ballot sheets to be checked, about 19 duplicated sheets were found from a lot of 250 sheets. Later, election officer Bindukumar Shah stepped in and decided to let four members from each team sort out the ballot papers. Meanwhile, Amin, who was visibly upset, issued instructions to his team to be vigilant and came face to face with now arch-rival Samarjitsinh, who offered to help resolve the issue.

Kiran More, who is contesting for the post of the joint honorary secretary, said, "The duplication of ballots cannot be a mistake. This has been done deliberately to get extra votes. If every 250 sheets have about 20 odd duplications, imagine the margin by which the votes will be duplicated in the favour of the other panel."

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