Blaming their defeat on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) being tampered with,over 125 candidates who lost in PMC polls have lodged complaints with the civic election office. The election office received 110 such complaints on Tuesday alone. The candidates have demanded that the election officer should immediately look into the matter and undertake an unbiased and objective inquiry. Some of the complainants have threatened to move court if the officials fail to take action.
On Saturday,a day after the poll results were declared,the election office received 15 applications. The election office had also received about 30 applications seeking information on centre-wise votes polled in their panels. A few have also demanded detailed information including addresses of the election officers who were posted at the voting centres in their panels. The officers are expecting more applications in days to come as Tuesday was the first full working day after the polls.
Those who have complained of EVMs being tampered with include Sangita Tiwari of Congress who contested from Panel 21 B,Rahul Dhole Patil of NCP (21 A),Vishal Dhanwade of Shiv Sena (48 B),Krishnakant Raskar (76 A) and Sujata Tapkir (67 B) of Congress.
In her letter,Tiwari argued that even in localities where her relatives reside,her rival got the lead,proving that the machines were tampered with. I am sure that the EVMs have been tampered with. I wont believe that people would vote for a person who was nowhere in the campaigning process. I am not going to doubt the discretion of voters. I have doubts about the machines, she said,demanding that appropriate action be taken,otherwise she would move court.
Dhole-Patil argues that half of the total votes in the Dhole-Patil family have gone to his rival which,according to him,is impossible in normal circumstances.
However,election officials claim that EVMs were not tampered with. They say there is little they can do about the complaints. Once the election officer has declared the results,there is nothing we can do. Theres only one way. They can move court if they wish to, said Shivaji Daundkar,additional election officer PMC.