VVPAT glitches, sporadic violence reported from parts of Rajasthan
mock poll, 1.56% of VVPAT machines reported glitches, lower than the percentage of machines changed (3%) during the elections in Madhya Pradesh. VVPAT machines allow a voter to verify their vote by generating and temporarily displaying a paper slip with the name of the candidate and the symbol.
The Congress also blamed faulty EVMs and VVPAT machines for the slow polling. “We received around 400 complaints about EVMs not starting and malfunctioning of VVPAT machines,” said Congress state general secretary Sushil Sharma.
Kumar, however, denied this and said the failure rate of EVMs and VVPATs was much lower than the standard failure rate.
“The complaints filed by the Congress party to the Election Commission indicates that they are going to lose the elections with a big margin,” Pankaj Meena, BJP spokesperson said.
Violence was reported across five districts and at least 10 people were injured, police said. In Churu district, three people were injured when two groups at Khudera Chhota village clashed, police said, adding that a tussle broke out between two groups in Bikaner too. Communal tension gripped Pokaran after two groups pelted stones at each other and also set ablaze some shops.
In Sikar, an argument at a polling centre led to clashes between political workers, disrupting polling for some time. “Both groups claimed fake voters were entering the polling booth to cast votes. As the matter heated up, both started beating up each other,” said Goverdhan Lal Khatik, circle officer, Fatehpur.
Madhya Pradesh high court dismissed Friday a petition filed by a Congress leader alleging lack of sufficient security arrangements for electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines used during the assembly elections on November 28. The petition was filed by former Congress MLA Naresh Saraf.
The bench of chief justice SK Seth and justice Vijay Kumar Shukla said in its judgment that a careful reading of reports submitted by the chief electoral officer of Madhya Pradesh to the Election Commission showed the strong rooms for storing polled EVMs, VVPATs and warehouses for unused, reserved EVMs and VVPATs were separate buildings with separate security arrangements. The bench said, “The strong room with polled EVMs/ VVPATs were sealed immediately after poll to be opened on the day of counting on December 11. These strong rooms are under the security of central armed paramilitary forces with a triple cordon of security.” Dismissing the petition the bench said no further action was required. State Congress spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi said, “We will look into the judgment and file an appeal before the court, if it is required.”
State BJP spokesperson Rajneesh Agrawal said, “The judgment has endorsed our view that the Congress is raising the issue of EVM and its security to have an excuse in face of its defeat in the state assembly elections.”
The EC has repeatedly denied the charges and asserted there was adequate security outside strong rooms.
MP CONGRESS SPOKESPERSON SAID THE PARTY WILL LOOK INTO THE JUDGMENT AND FILE AN APPEAL BEFORE THE COURT, IF IT IS REQUIRED