Barely a couple of hours after the second part of polling resulted in Assam, a video surfaced alleging that digital voting machines (EVMs) have been being transported within the automotive of BJP MLA from Patharkandi, Krishnendu Paul.
After the video was shared on-line, Congress chief Priyanka Gandhi known as for a critical re-evaluation of the usage of the voting machines by all nationwide events.
The Congress normal secretary additionally mentioned that the Election Fee wants to start out performing decisively on these complaints.
The video was shared on Twitter by an Assam-based journalist who claimed that the scenario was tense in Patharkandi as a consequence of this incident.
In keeping with the assertion launched by EC, the car which was registered for carrying EVM received indifferent from its convoy as a consequence of visitors congestion and inclement climate. The occasion instantly knowledgeable the sector officer concerning the scenario. Whereas the officer tried to rearrange an alternate car, the polling officers determined to rearrange a car of their very own to achieve the fabric receipt centre sooner as they have been within the custody of the EVMs. The occasion noticed a car passing by and boarded it with the EVM with out checking the possession. The automotive was stopped by a mob of fifty individuals at Karimganj and stones have been hurled on the car.
After the official requested the mob, their chief alleged that EVM was being taken to be tampered with. Listening to the allegation they realised that one thing was incorrect and received to know that the automotive belonged to a BJP candidate Krishnenendu Paul.
“Presiding Officer was issued a show-cause discover for violation of transport protocol. PO & 3 different officers positioned below suspension. Though EVM’s seals have been discovered intact it has been determined to do a re-poll at No 149- Indira MV College of LAC 1 Ratabari(SC)”, EC on Assam EVM subject
An FIR has been lodged on unknown individuals who attacked the automotive carrying the polled EVM.
“Additional investigations are on concerning the sequence of occasions, the EVM was not tampered with through the crowd assault and is within the custody of the administration, sources informed ANI.
The Election Fee of India has suspended 4 polling officers deputed in Karimganj who have been concerned in transporting EVM via a personal car after the matter got here into gentle and the election has been canceled on the respective sales space in Karimganj, Assam.
Quickly after the video was shared on-line, opposition events started accusing BJP of stealing EVMs and influencing votes.
Assam Congress chief Ripun Bora threatened that the occasion would boycott the election “if this open loot and rigging of EVMs do not cease instantly”.
In the meantime, a voter turnout of about 77.21 per cent was recorded within the second part of the meeting election in Assam on Thursday, April 1. The turnout fell when in comparison with 82.7 per cent in 2016. The polling reported incidents of violence in Sonai and Kalaigaon constituencies by which not less than 5 individuals suffered accidents.