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EC says EVM tampering claims are speculative and wild, not demonstrative

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New Delhi, March 16: The Election Commission issued an official statement to brush off the claims of political parties and said electronic voting machines (EVMs) were tamper proof and allegations are “baseless, speculative and wild”.

“It is not for the first time that such allegations and suspicions have been raised. But none of those alleging tampering has been able to demonstrate to the commission… that EVMs used by it can be manipulated or tampered with,” the Election Commission said in a statement.

The poll panel also cited in the statement that EC did not receive specific complaints or concrete material from political parties/candidates about alleged tampering of EVMs in just-concluded assembly elections in five states. It said, “If any specific allegation with material facts is presented to the ECI, the same will be looked into with all seriousness.” 

“At this stage, baseless, speculative and wild allegations are being made which deserve to be rejected,” the poll panel said.

Since 2000, Electronic Voting Machines have been used in 107 elections to state legislative assemblies and three Lok Sabha elections held in 2004, 2009 and 2014.

The poll panel said that it will “further enhance confidence of citizens in its electoral process by deploying paper audit trail (VVPAT) in a phased manner”.

It is interesting to note here that after the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had also raised similar misgivings about the integrity of the EVMs.

On March 11, after the poll results, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Supremo Mayawati had claimed that EVMs were tampered with to favour the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Yesterday, putting weight to BSP chief’s allegations, Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) demanded that the Delhi municipal elections are held using paper ballots.

The state election commission has rejected the demand, saying it was too late to do so at this stage.

Former Advisor to Election Commission, K J Rao also said today there are lots of technical securities in the Indian EVMs, they can never be tampered with.

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Madhya Pradesh By-Polls: Set back to BJP, Congress bags 20 wards of 24 in Raghogarh

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Bhopal, Jan 20: The Congress party showcased an enthusiastic fight in the Madhya Pradesh civil polls by clinching nine president posts in 19 civic bodies on Saturday, tying the Bharatiya Janata Party, which too, won nine top posts. 

Meanwhile, giving a major setback to the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress bagged 20 out of 24 wards in Raghogarh Nagar by-elections. Whereas the BJP won only four wards.

However , the Congress has been in control of the Raghogarh-Vijaypur Municipal Council for the last two decades.

The results are seen as a morale boost for the Congress as the party is planning to go all out against the BJP in the upcoming assembly elections , which slated to held later this year.

Municipal Council elections took place on January 17 in Five districts – Dhar, Barwani, Khandwa, Guna, and Anuppur.

The counting of votes begun at 9 am and ended in the afternoon.

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EVMs to have candidates’ pictures

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Jaipur, Jan 19: The Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will carry pictures of candidates along with their names — when by-elections are held in Rajasthan on January 29.

According to Chief Election Officer Ashvini Bhagat, this has been done to ensure there was no confusion if there were two candidates with the same name.

According to the new arrangement, the EVMs will have the name of the candidate, his or her picture and the election symbol.

Bhagat said although this experiment was done in the Dholpur Assembly by-election, it hasn’t been done anywhere in a Lok Sabah election.

Lok Sabha by-polls are scheduled in Ajmer and Alwar on January 29 while Assembly elections will be held the same day in Mandalgarh.

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Assembly elections: Tripura to vote on Feb 18, Meghalaya, Nagaland on Feb 27; results on March 3

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New Delhi, Jan 18: The Election Commission on Thursday announced  the schedule for Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland assembly elections. 

While addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner AK Joti said Tripura will vote on February 18, 2017. While polling in Meghalaya and Nagaland will take place on February 27 (Tuesday).

Counting for all the three states will be conducted on March 3, 2018. The results will be declared on the same day.

A total strength of  the three assemblies is 60 members each.

Election to the three states to be held in two rounds.

The term of the Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura legislative assemblies will end on March 6, March 13 and March 14 respectively.

Announcing the poll schedule, Chief Election Commissioner informed  VVPATs and EVMs will be used in the three states for the very first time.

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