EC: 2, not 28, votes wrongly punched in Kalmadi Schoolhttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/ec-2-not-28-votes-wrongly-punched-in-kalmadi-school/

EC: 2, not 28, votes wrongly punched in Kalmadi School

‘All EVMs were functioning properly during the mock drill’.

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The “faulty” EVM had been replaced after complaint .

A week after the polling day when the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at Kalmadi school reportedly transferred all the 28 votes before 8 am to Congress punched, the EC said the actual number of the transferred votes were only two — that too if the complaints by the individuals are found to be correct.

“No voter before them reported such an occurrence,” an election commission official said.

There were reports that the EVM at Kalmadi High School transferred 28 votes before 8 am to Congress despite having pressed any button. The official report filed by the election commission officials, however, pointed to the poll certificate signed by the representatives of political parties, where they confirmed that EVMs were functioning properly during the mock drill.

“The mock poll which was carried out at 6 am was done in presence of political party representatives from the BJP, the BSP and an independent candidate. They had cast 50 votes in the mock poll – two per candidate and okayed that the votes went to particular candidates when buttons against their names were pressed,” the official said.

While there was no complaint from any of the first 25 voters, the 26th voter raised the apprehension.
“The 27th voter did not complain of such an occurrence, but the 28th complained. We thus replaced the machine. There is, however, no means to cross check the allegations of the complainants or even verify if there were any political motivations behind the allegations,” the officer said.