EC rejects Mayawati's allegation of EVM malfunction in UP

Ashwini Phadnis New Delhi | Updated on January 13, 2018 Published on March 11, 2017


The Election Commission has rejected the concerns raised by Mayawati the Bahujan Samaj Party Chief about manipulation of Electronic Voting Machines by expert of technology and software field by the Bharatiya Janata Party in the just concluded Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.

In a communication to Satish Chandra Misra, National General Secretary, BSP the Commission has pointed to the fact that it has put in place ``elaborate technical administrative safeguards to ensure error-free functionin of the EVMs in the elections.

The letter points out that the full Commission made repeated visit to UP and Uttrakhand and met the representatives of all parties, including your party. ``No one raised any objection with regards to functioning of EVM at these meetings. The Commission has thus not received any complaints during entire process of elections in UP and Uttrakhand with regard to your allegation of grave manipulation of EVMs” the Commission letter says.

It adds that the Commission is thus ``fully satisfied with the tamper proof of the ECI-EVM”.

The letter points out that although the Commission has offered opportunities more than once to those alleging the tamperability of the EVM, no one has been able to demonstrate to the Commission that the EVM used in the country’s election process, can be manipulated or tampered with.

“The prescribed administrative process has been fully complied with in Uttar Pradesh and Uttrakhand elections in the presence of representatives of political parties/candidates,” the letter adds.

Published on March 11, 2017
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