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
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
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