STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Congress, AMMK deny getting any info on EVMs from EC

Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo claimed that political party candidates and agents were informed about transportation of EVMs from Coimbatore to Theni.

Published: 10th May 2019 04:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th May 2019 04:50 AM   |  A+A-

EVM

Image used for representational purpose only

Express News Service

CHENNAI: Even as Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo claimed that political party candidates and agents were informed about transportation of EVMs from Coimbatore to Theni, Congress and AMMK candidates who contested in Theni constituency denied getting any information from the Election Commission (EC) regarding the movement of the machines.

When asked why political parties were not kept in the loop while shifting the EVMs and VVPAT to Theni and Erode, Sahoo claimed that parties and their agents were informed. “The EVMs were shifted as per the directions of Election Commission. The Returning Officers in respective constituencies have intimated the political parties and agents,” he claimed.

However, both Congress and AMMK candidates in Theni Lok Sabha constituency denied getting any prior information. 

ALSO READ: Theni EVM controversy: Did EC violate SOP in shifting EVMs?

EVKS Elangovan who contested in Theni told Express that neither he nor his agents received any intimation regarding the shifting of  EVMs.  “I have submitted a petition to Theni collector that such a move was unfair and violated the election norms,” he told Express. 

Similarly, AMMK propaganda secretary Thanga Tamilselvan who contested in Theni, also denied getting any information from officials. He alleged, “Election officials have planned a massive malpractice during repolling to favour the ruling party. We will not let it happen.” 

Besides, to a query over necessity of shifting the EVMs from Coimbatore to Theni while all the constituencies have been given spare EVMs, Sahoo said the additional EVMs received for Theni constituency have been used during polls (on April 18) as a replacement after machines developed technical snag. 

The two booths in Theni parliamentary constituency - Kammavar Saraswathi Middle School at  Balasamudram, Andipatti, and Sankaranarayana middle school at Vadugapatti, Periyakulam, are to face repoll for parliamentary elections and two Assembly bypolls on May 19. 



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp