The chief electoral officer of Gujarat BB Swain initially denied any allegations on mismatched EVMs and the slips of VVPAT machines and claimed that there was 100 percent match.
But a news published in News 18 on the basis of PTI report quoted him as saying that there was some mismatch of paper slips and votes counted on EVMs. Pointing out Vagra, Dwarka, Ankleshwar, and Bhavnagar- Rural seats the state electoral chief admitted the mismatch.
PTI quoted him saying, “There was a mismatch of some votes on one booth each of these four seats. This occurred because the Returning Officer must have made the same mistake but it could not be detected earlier. So we took into account VVPAT slips for these booths during the counting and resolved the issue.”
According to Swain, the EC had decided to match the tally in select polling stations amid allegations that the EVMs were compromised to help the BJP.