EC rejects Sena’s claim on faulty EVMs leading to loss of its candidate in by-poll

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Jun 2018 09:06:16


New Delhi,

THE Election Commission on Thursday rejected allegations levelled by the Shiv Sena that irregularities in electronic voting machines led to the defeat of its candidate in the Palghar Lok Sabha by-poll on Thursday saying the winning BJP candidate has been issued a certificate.

The PIB put out a tweet quoting the Commission that news reports on alleged large scale failure of EVMs and VVPATs are exaggerated projection.

“The Commission undertakes an examination and root-cause analysis of all the defects and necessary actions are being taken for smooth conduct of poll process,” the tweet said.The EC does not have its own Twitter handle.

Quoting Chief Electoral Officer of Maharashtra, an EC spokesperson said the election process for Palghar constituency has been completed and the returning officer there has rejected a plea of Sena candidate for a recount.
The spokesperson said the winning BJP candidate has been issued with a certificate by the returning officer.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray earlier asked Opposition parties to ‘unitedly boycott’ elections if controversies surrounding electronic voting machines are not resolved quickly. He also threatened to drag the Election Commission to court over the Palghar by-poll result and sought suspension of election officers over the ‘sudden increase’ in voting percentage there.