The Election Commission (EC) has rejected allegations of tampering in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and VVPATs used during demonstration in Ater assembly by-polls in Bhind, Madhya Pradesh. It said, the enquiry team has found no anomaly or tampering of EVM and VVPATs. The enquiry established that the accuracy of the functioning of the EVMs and VVPATs including those used during demonstration is beyond doubt.
The team was constituted by the Commission to enquire into all aspects of various allegations raised in the media and by the political parties. The probe team in its report concluded that it is completely false to say that at multiple times slips of lotus were printed while on pressing different buttons during the demonstration on 31st of last month.
The commission said, the EVMs used in the demo in Bhind were not brought from Uttar Pradesh. However, the VVPAT used in the demonstration was brought from UP and it is not in violation of law. The committee also recommended that the EC to fix responsibility on District Election Officer and Returning officer for the lapses brought out in the enquiry reports.
Ater and Bandhavgarh assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh are going to polls on Sunday and counting will take place on the 13th of this month.