Punjab 2017

AAP cries foul over EVM ‘security breach’

AAP leaders Manish Sisodia, Ashutosh, Raghav Chadha and H.S. Phoolka after the meeting with the Election Commission in New Delhi on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: Shanker Chakravarty

: An Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) delegation met the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on Tuesday and demanded an inquiry into the alleged breach of security of the electronic voting machines (EVMs) kept in strong rooms in Punjab, where the Assembly elections were held on February 4.

Instructions not followed

The Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia-led delegation submitted a memorandum alleging multiple instances of breach in the security of strong rooms where the voting machines have been kept.

Mr. Sisodia told the media that the delegation also pointed out the EC notification in May 2015 on security measures to be taken. He alleged that the instructions had not been followed and that the EVMs had been moved out.

Mr. Sisodia alleged that the Returning Officer and some other officials entered the strong rooms on the pretext of collecting certain documents, but it was found that they were moving the steel boxes in which the EVMs were kept.

AAP leader Raghav Chadha, also a part of the delegation, alleged that EVMs in some districts were stored in schools where there was regular movement of teachers.

Mr. Chadha said that the Election Commission notification mandated uninterrupted power supply to EVM warehouses so that CCTV cameras were operational round the clock and any movement could be captured.

However, he alleged, there had been instances of power cuts for as long as three hours at some places, in violation of the orders.

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