New Delhi, April 8: The Election Commission of India (EC) has rejected allegations of tampering in Electronic Voting Machines and VVPATs used during demonstration in Ater assembly by-polls in Bhind, Madhya Pradesh. The enquiry was instituted by EC to enquire into all aspects of various allegations raised in the media and by the political parties.
Election Commission said, the enquiry team has found no anomaly or tampering of EVM and VVPATs. The enquiry established that the accuracy of the functioning of the EVMs and VVPATs including those used during demonstration is beyond doubt. The probe team in its report concluded that it is completely false to say that at multiple times slips of lotus were printed while on pressing different buttons during the demonstration on 31st of last month.
“The EVMs used in the demo in Bhind was not brought from UP. However, the VVPAT used in the demonstration was brought from UP. Since the VVPATs are limited in number and had been used by the entire poll going states during the last 5 states elections, the distribution of VVPATs for 10 states bye-elections was made by the Commission by allocating VVPATs from different poll-gone statesto different poll-going states. In this case, the VVPAT was allocated from UP and brought from Govind Nagar Uttar Pradesh”, said Election Commission in official press release.
EC said, “Bringing the VVPAT from UP is not in violation of law. As per the law, only the EVMs used in the Poll and the VVPAT slips contained in the box are required to be preserved for the period of 45 days in a secured manner for the purpose of Election Petition, if any. There is no bar on the movement of VVPATs machines as the same are not required to be preserved for Election Petitions as the paper slips printed through the VVPAT and contained in the Box are required to be preserved separately”.
Ater and Bandhavgarh assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh are going to polls on Sunday and counting will take place on the 13th of this month.