Introspect Punjab polls result, unfair to blame EVMs: EC to AAP

The party leaders alleged that earlier, one could see if their vote went to another party when the lights on the machine flickered, whereas now the software has been manipulated in such a manner that the light does not glow even if the vote goes to a different party than the one the voter chose. "These pink seals also bear signatures of representatives of political parties/candidate", the Commission said.

A panel of three IAS and IPS officers, each being deputed as District Election Officer-cum-collector and Superintendent of Police of Bhind for supervising the polls.

Reportedly, the EVM machines being tested at the polling booth were also used during the state election in UP's Kanpur. The commission has also made it clear as to what was the fault of the district returning officer, Bhind Ilayaraja T, that he had to be shifted.

While admitting incorrect results, the statement seemed non-committal whether they had been preferential to any particular party.

"This may please be noted as a responsible political party", it said.

IMAGE: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Cm Manish Sisodia addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Monday.

"We appeal to the EC that the software, the company that made it, the chip and the details of tampering be made public". "It is risky for the whole country".

"Election Commission has directly said that Aam Aadmi Party should introspect their performance in Punjab and Goa".

"I have written to the EC today".

The party had moved the EC over reliability of the machines and the results of Punjab elections. But an uncharacteristically aggressive commission yesterday asked him to "introspect" instead of blaming the machines. This is an intentional bug that has been added to the machine.

Kejriwal said all the EVMs to be used in the April 9 by-election in Madhya Pradesh had come from Govind Nagar constituency in Uttar Pradesh and demanded to know what was so special about Govind Nagar.

The poll watchdog said VVPAT machines were not required by law to be retained in the strong room for objective of election petitions, and redeploying them for subsequent polls was as per existing policy of EC, since it had only 53,500 VVPAT machines.

"There is a rule that EVMs can not be moved upto 45 days after polling".

He claimed that the EVMs have been shifted from Uttar Pradesh to Madhya Pradesh for the objective of by-elections with total discard to the 45-day cover.

"What compelled the EC to violate the law?" In a 2010 report, a group of Indian computer security experts said the machines were vulnerable to fraud, but a high court ruling two years later stated they were not.

However, in the case of VVPAT, it's not required by law to be retained in a strong-room for the goal of election and they can be used in any other election.

The Election Commission, Kejriwal said, violated the law that EVMs used in an election can't be reused for 45 days because someone can challenge the result that may warrant an examination of the EVM.

If the elections need to be postponed to hold them through paper ballot, then it should be done.

  • Jon Douglas