In another significant development, the Election Commission has ordered transfers of Bhind’s District Magistrate and Superintendent of Police in Madhya Pradesh.
According to media reports, the EC has ordered transfer of at least 19 senior officers in the district, where a bypoll is scheduled for 9 April.
Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, reacted angrily calling the malfunction in EVM a scam. He asked why the DM and the SP were removed.
He said, “Why have DM and SP been transferred in MP EVM scam? Did DM or SP change software in the machine?”
Hours after Janta Ka Reporter sensationally revealed how a VVPAT machine attached to an Electronic Voting Machine was designed to only cast vote in favour of the BJP, opposition parties have stepped up pressure asking the Election Commission to return to ballot papers.
After meeting the EC on Saturday, Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, asked why the fault in the machine was always helping the BJP. Kejriwal asked for the software to be thoroughly examined to see if the the manipulation had been done by tinkering with the software.
“EVMs may be faulty, but every time they record votes for the BJP and not for the Congress, the Samajwadi Party and other parties…. The incident in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhind district was not the only one. In Assam too, there was a recent case of EVM being tampered with,” he claimed.
A delegation of senior Congress leaders comprising Mohan Prakash, Digvijaya Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia met Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi here demanded scrapping of EVMs forthwith and action against officials involved.
Congress’ Digvijay Singh said that he had never trusted the authenticity of the EVMs.
The Election Commission, meanwhile, has also sought a detailed report from the district poll authorities in Bhind, Madhya Pradesh on media reports that VVPAT was only dispensing slips of BJP symbol during a demonstration exercise.
VVPAT is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter cannot take it home. It has only been used on trial basis in some places.
An Assembly bypoll is due in Ater seat of Bhind district on April 9 where VVPAT-enabled machines would be used and a demonstration in front of state Chief Electoral Officer was part of the familiarisation exercise for poll officials.
On Friday night, as reported by Janta Ka Reporter, EVMs to be used for Ater bypolls in Bhind, was seen to be designed to help only the BJP as every button pressed only appeared to cast vote in favour of the saffron party.
Far from being alarmed, a flippant Chief Electoral Officer, Salina Singh, had asked journalists not to report the matter while jokingly threatening to send them to jail.