Bhopal:The Election Commission has admitted that CCTV cameras installed at a Bhopal strongroom that housed the electronic voting machines (EVMs) after the Madhya Pradesh polls did not function for more than an hour due to an unprecedented power cut on Friday, resulting in a blackout that provoked accusations of tampering from opposition parties.
The poll body also announced that it had taken action against an official who had allegedly delayed the handover of EVMs in Sagar by nearly two days, given the fact that such a process should have been completed immediately after the completion of the polls on November 28.
“A report obtained from the Bhopal Collector states that CCTV cameras and an LED display installed outside the strongroom did not function from 8.19 am to 9.35 am on 30.11.2018 due to failure of electricity supply. Because of this, recording could not be done during the given time period. An additional LED screen, an inverter and a generator have been installed in order to ensure continuous electricity supply,” a statement released by the poll body on Saturday read.
The statement clarified that the cameras installed on the premises were now functioning and that two cordons of security personnel have also been stationed at the venue for security. It said, “The security force is also maintaining a logbook, and the machines are perfectly safe.”
The EC also said in the statement that it had taken note of the objection raised by Congress regarding an unlocked door at the Old Jail strongroom, following which “it has been closed”.