No merit in Mayawati's allegations of Electronic Voting Machine tampering: Election Commission

The BSP supremo on Saturday had blamed tampering of EVMs for defeat in UP poll results.

Published: 11th March 2017 09:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th March 2017 07:44 AM   |  A+A-

BSP supremo Mayawati. | PTI File Photo

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Replying to Mayawati’s allegation of tampering electronic voting machines, the Election Commission on Saturday said that it has not found any merit in the allegations and the commission has taken proper measures to ensure security of EVMs.

"The poll panel has said that it has made repeated visit to Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and met the representatives of all parties, including your party. No one raised any objection with regard to functioning of EVMs at these meetings. The commission has thus not received any complaints during the entire process of installation in UP and Uttrakhand with regard to your allegation of grave manipulation of EVMs,” said the EC in a letter replying to allegations by the BSP.

The BSP supremo on Saturday blamed tampering of EVMs for defeat in poll results saying, “Either the EVMs did not accept votes other than the BJP, or the votes of other parties have gone to the BJP in the EVMs," she said as the BJP was winning the seats in UP.

The EC said, “The commission has put in place elaborate technical and administrative safeguards to ensure error-free functioning of EVMs in elections. The commission is thus fully satisfied with the tamper proof functioning of the EVMs.”

“Although, the commission has offered opportunities more than once to those alleging the tampering of 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,” said the EC.

The prescribed administrative process has been fully complied within UP and Uttarakhand elections in the presence of the representatives of political parties and candidates.

The commission has, therefore, not found any merit in your allegations and the prayers made in your letter under reply are not legally tenable, said the EC.


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