BMC can­di­date

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area as booth num­ber 29, we pre­sume he must have cast his vote there. So his claim that his own vote and that of his fam­ily and neigh­bours disappeared is not true,” said an SEC of­fi­cial, speak­ing on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

“In­ter­est­ingly, Shir­sat, in his Fe­bru­ary 27 com­plaint to the SEC, had made no men­tion of get­ting no votes in his own polling booth. He only said this to the me­dia. In his let­ter, he has only raised suspicions over EVMS and de­manded a re­poll,” the of­fi­cial said.

When con­tacted by The In­dian Ex­press on Thurs­day, Shir­sat said he did not wish to com­ment on the mat­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to SEC of­fi­cials, Shir­sat’s name ap­pears on the vot­ers’ list along with those of his mother and fa­ther for polling booth 29 of the Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion of Greater Mum­bai. He also regis­tered as voter at polling booth 15 along with his brother and sis­ter.

Sec­tions 17 and 18 of the Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Peo­ple Act state that a per­son can­not be en­rolled as a voter in more than one place in the same con­stituency or in more than one con­stituency.

On Fe­bru­ary 27, Shir­sat was quoted by Mum­bai Mir­ror as say­ing, “In the last assem­bly polls, I got 1,500 votes. Now, ap­par­ently, I have got 44, and from my booth, zero. I voted for my­self, my fam­ily voted for me and so did my neigh­bours (on 90-feet Road in Saki Naka) — where did those votes go?”

On Tues­day, the day of AAP’S live demon­stra­tion, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia said, “Ques­tions are be­ing raised about why we did not com­plain when we won 67 seats in Delhi. Yes, we did not com­plain then, nor did we raise ques­tions about the 272 seats won by BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, or the Ma­ha­rash­tra and Jhark­hand assem­bly polls. But when a can­di­date in the BMC polls pointed out that he did not get a sin­gle vote de­spite vot­ing for him­self, it made us think.”

The AAP also staged a protest out­side the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion’s of­fice on Thurs­day; the poll panel has called for all-party meet­ing on Friday to allay fears re­gard­ing EVM hack­ing.

Last month, a del­e­ga­tion of Op­po­si­tion par­ties led by the Congress had met the three elec­tion com­mis­sion­ers to urge them to re­vert to the bal­lot sys­tem of vot­ing on the ground that the ac­cu­racy of EVMS is ques­tion­able. The mem­o­ran­dum sub­mit­ted by this joint del­e­ga­tion had also men­tioned Shir­sat’s claim of ‘zero votes’ as an ex­am­ple of EVM tam­per­ing.

Fol­low­ing the dec­la­ra­tion of the UP elec­tion re­sults on March 11, BSP chief Mayawati was the first to com­plain against the EVMS. She had al­leged that large-scale EVM tam­per­ing had fa­cil­i­tated the BJP sweep in UP.

Later, Delhi Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal chal­lengedthecom­mis­sion­tomaketheevms avail­able­tothep­ar­ty­for72hour­sand­claimed that “we will read the code and re­write it too”.

(WITH IN­PUTS FROM ENS/MUM­BAI)

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