Gujarat elections: Shaktisinh Gohil alleges EVM malfunctioning in Surat and Amreli

Postado Dezembro 09, 2017

The former chief minister was referring to reports of EVM malfunctioning at some election booths in Gujarat.

The Election Commission said that the faulty EVMs have been replaced.

Nearly 27,158 EVMs are being used in 24,689 polling stations.

In the wake of EVM tampering allegation from various political parties, the EC has also put in place administrative safeguards and security protocols to prevent any misuse of EVM and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines.

The chief electoral officer in Gujarat BB Swain came on record to give the status on the complaint filed by Congress in Porbandar about the Bluetooth-operated EVMs.

Total number of EVMs to be used in the first phase of the Gujarat assembly election 2017 is 27,158 and the total number of polling stations is 24,689. The VVPAT enables the voter to verify instantly that the vote cast by him has been recorded correctly in favour of the candidate of his choice, thereby injecting greater transparency and credibility into the whole voting process, the EC noted.

There were complaints of many EVMs malfunctioning in Mandvi constituency of Kutch as well. "Why is it that EVMs in polling booths especially dominated by Dalit communities are malfunctioning".

After that The Election Commission said the faulty machines are being replaced immediately. Talking to Times Now, Shaktisinh Gohil of Congress said that "unfortunately, there have been technical issues regarding the EVMs in different places".

The ruling BJP holds 67 of the 89 seats ging to polls today, and the Congress 16. One seat each is held by the NCP and JD-U while independents hold the remaining two.

Senior Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia also complained that EVMs were connected to mobile devices via Bluetooth in a Muslim-dominated area of Porbandar.

The Congress, in the political wilderness in Gujarat for almost 22 years, is desperate to break the jinx.

"BJP's Subramaniam Swamy also raised this issue a while ago".

Gandhi emerged as the Congress' pivot to take on the might of the prime minister on his home turf.