Hindustan Times (East UP)

MNM COMPLAINS OF VEHICLES, MEN IN STRONG ROOMS, SEEKS ACTION FROM EC

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CHENNAI: Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan on Tuesday alleged various irregulari­ties in premises and strong rooms where EVMs used in the April 6 Tamil Nadu Assembly polls are stored and urged the Election Commission to take action.

Alleging the presence of ‘mystery’ vehicles and men in such centres, he said it was the EC’s duty to instill confidence in voters, political parties and candidates that the elections have been held appropriat­ely and the results announced honestly.

Earlier, DMK had also made such allegation­s and took up the matter with the EC.

Haasan submitted a memorandum to state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Satyabrata Sahoo, the party said.

Highlighti­ng the key points from the memorandum, a party release said there were instances of multiple voting by individual­s, CCTV cameras in strong rooms suddenly becoming non-functional, “mysterious container” lorries being brought ‘discreetly’ to campuses where the EVMs are stored and individual­s being found near the strong rooms.

“A strong room should really be a strong room. CCTV cameras frequently not working, mysterious containers suddenly entering the premises, presence of wi-fi facilities inside and outside the premises, mysterious men roaming near the strong room with laptops are throwing up many questions,” Haasan later told reporters.

Already 30 per cent voters don’t cast votes and when such “mysteries and doubts persist” there is a danger of people’s democratic contributi­on dipping further, he said.

“It will end as a danger for democracy,” he said.

MNM CHIEF KAMAL HAASAN SUBMITTED A MEMORANDUM TO STATE CEO SATYABRATA SAHOO, THE PARTY SAID

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