‘EVMs of Bidar Assembly and Lok Sabha polls swapped’

Staff Correspondent

Suryakanth Nagamarapalli has demanded re-polling

Bidar: Suryakanth Nagamarapalli, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate for Bidar Assembly bypoll, along with Independent candidates Shyamanna Bhavgi, Jerevan Sadanand and others, on Saturday sought re-polling for the Bidar Assembly byelection, alleging that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) of the Bidar parliamentary election and Bidar Assembly bypoll have been swapped.

In a compliant to the Returning Officer of the Bidar Assembly bypoll, Mr. Suryakanth alleged that EVM at polling station 62 had a covering letter from the Returning Officer stating that the total number of votes cast at the polling station was 533 but the voting machine had only 531 votes.

Mr. Suryakanth said at table 9, a voting machine showed names of 27 candidates whereas only 18 were in the fray for Bidar Assembly bypoll. He claimed that the EVM had names of candidates in the fray for the Bidar parliamentary election. At pooling booth number 24 at Kantgi village of Bidar taluk, officials had stated that the booth had 472 votes but the voting machine had 471 votes.

Mr. Suryakanth said, “I strongly suspect there is some malpractice and seek re-polling for Bidar Assembly byelection”.

He told presspersons that he had sought an inquiry by the Corps of Detectives (CoD) into the swapping of .

He said he will bring the swapping of voting machines to the knowledge of Election Commission of India (ECI) for holding re-polling for the Bidar Assembly bypoll.

Officials told The Hindu that “It was a confusion created by human error.” Officials had written Lok Sabha on two electronic voting machines since Bidar Lok Sabha and Bidar Assembly bypoll were held together. Later, in presence of candidates the matter was resolved and counting of votes was taken up.

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