This Article is From Feb 14, 2017

Punjab Elections 2017: AAP Leaders Meet Poll Panel, Alleges Breach Of Voting Machines' Security

Punjab Elections 2017: AAP Leaders Meet Poll Panel, Alleges Breach Of Voting Machines' Security

Punjab Elections 2017: AAP complained of "multiple instances of breach in EVMs' safety" in the state.

New Delhi: A delegation of Aam Aadmi Party leaders today met the Chief Election Commissioner in New Delhi and sought an inquiry over the alleged breach of security of EVMs at strong rooms in Punjab, where polling was held recently.

The delegation led by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia submitted a memorandum alleging that there are "multiple instances of breach in EVMs' safety" in the state, where the party is hopeful of forming government.

"We have submitted a memorandum to the Chief Election Commissioner where we have pointed out there has been security breaches in strong rooms where the EVMs are kept.

"We have also mentioned that the May 2015 notification of the EC, which lists out instructions regarding the storage, physical verification and movements of EVMs is not being complied with," Mr Sisodia said.

Alleging that EVMs were moved out of a strong room in Patiala he termed it "absolute violation of EC norms".

"The Returning Officer, along with a few other officials entered the strong rooms on the pretext of procuring certain documents however it was found that they were moving steel boxes in which the EVMs were kept. We have demanded an enquiry into the matter," Mr Sisodia said.

AAP leader Raghav Chadha alleged that in some districts EVMs are kept in schools where there is regular movement of teachers.

"Also, as per the May 2015 notification, there has to be uninterrupted power supply to strong rooms and EVM warehouses so that the CCTV cameras are operational 24x7 and any movement can be captured.

"But there have been instances of no electricity for three hours in some places which is a violation of the rules and needs to be looked at," Mr Chadha said.