The Election Commission has 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.
An Assembly bypoll is due in Bhind next week and the demonstration was part of the familiarisation exercise.
“We have sought a detailed report from district election officer and would come up with a response in the evening,” a Commission spokesperson said.
The voters see Voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) slip for seven seconds, which would be an acknowledgement receipt for the party they voted for in the election.
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.
Janta Ka Reporter had first reported how the receipt showed the vote going to BJP, irrespective of button pressed, during the demonstration.
The reports also claimed that Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Madhya Pradesh, Salina Singh was seen telling journalists that the news should not appear in newspapers, else they would be detained at the police station.
The video of Madhya Pradesh’s Chief Electoral Officer, Salina Singh, carrying out inspection of EVM machine in the constituency has now gone viral.
In the video (below), Singh is seen being surrounded by several election officials who try to test the accuracy of the machine by pressing the number four button of a VVPAT machine. However to everyone’s utter shock, the paper receipt showed the vote had in fact gone in favour of the BJP, whose election symbol, lotus, was against the first button and number four.
When questioned, Singh asked the reporters not to report the incident adding that the act could land them in jail.
(With PTI inputs)