BMC can­di­date’s claim of zero vote, at the cen­tre of anti-evm de­bate, turns out wrong

Shir­sat says didn’t even get own vote, records show he got 11 in booth near Saki Naka res­i­dence

The Indian Express - - FRONT PAGE - RITIKA CHO­PRA

SHRIKANT GAN­PAT Shir­sat, an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date who con­tested the Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) polls, made a sen­sa­tional claim af­ter the re­sults were de­clared on Fe­bru­ary 23.

Al­leg­ing tam­per­ing of elec­tronic vot­ing ma­chines (EVMS), the 34-year-old claimed that he did not get a sin­gle vote from his own polling booth even though he had voted for him­self, and de­manded a re­poll.

Over the last two months, Shir­sat’s claim was quoted by po­lit­i­cal par­ties to level al­le­ga­tions of EVM hack­ing in the assem­bly elec­tions of UP, Ut­tarak­hand and Pun­jab. It was also the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind AAP’S live demon­stra­tion of hack­ing an EVM pro­to­type in the Delhi Assem­bly on Tues­day.

But Shir­sat’s claim doesn’t match the facts.

Speak­ing to The In­dian Ex­press on Thurs­day, Ma­ha­rash­tra’s Deputy Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner Av­inash T Sanas said, “He (Shir­sat) stood for elec­tion from ward num­ber 164 in Saki Naka. His claim had prompted an in­quiry and we dis­cov­ered that Shir­sat is en­rolled as a voter at two polling booths. Con­trary to his claim, he hasn’t got ‘zero votes’ at ei­ther of the two polling booths.”

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials in the State Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (SEC) of Ma­ha­rash­tra, which con­ducts lo­cal body elec­tions, Shir­sat se­cured a to­tal of 44 votes from ward num­ber 164. Out of the 44 votes, he got 11 votes at booth num­ber 29 and two votes at booth num­ber 15.

“Since he lives in the same

Shrikant Gan­pat Shir­sat

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