New Delhi: Ahead of the counting of votes in the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections which were overshadowed by the Congress and others questioning the EVMs, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) AK Joti today sought to assure the politicians and the voters by claiming the voting machines cannot be tampered with.
“I assure you that there can be no tampering with the EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines),” Joti told news agency ANI moments before the process of counting of votes began at 37 centres in Gujarat and 42 in Himachal Pradesh.
Congress candidate of Mehsana constituency Jivabhai Patel, who is pitted against Deputy CM Nitin Patel, had claimed that three EVMs used in the second phase of elections on December 14 were found to be connected with Bluetooth. Citing this as an example, Patel had requested that “at the time of counting of votes, the paper slips of VVPATs corresponding to these EVMs should also be counted.”
The CEC said, “Questions being raised about EVMs have already been answered by us in the media. VVPATs were there in every polling station in Gujarat, which enabled voters to see whom they voted for, so issues being raised aren’t right. I assure that EVMS cannot be tampered with.” Joti added that the Gujarat Chief Electoral officer had made all arrangements at all places in counting halls in the state.