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Officials say polls fair,candidates protest

Even as complaints about electronic voting machines being tampered with in the recent polls emerge,the state election commission has said the electoral process has been fair. Officials of the election department maintained that there was no possibility of tampering.

Even as complaints about electronic voting machines (EVMs) being tampered with in the recent polls emerge,the state election commission has said the electoral process has been fair. Officials of the election department maintained that there was no possibility of tampering.

However,on Thursday,several candidates who had contested for the elections,gave a memorandum to the collectorate stating the election process had not been fair and EVMs had been tampered with.

The group of candidates who had contested during the elections gathered before the collectorate and chanted slogans demanding the elections be conducted again.

Trupti Desai,a Congress candidate said she could not fathom the reason for her “poor” show. “We have had people coming to us ahead of the elections with the offer of tampering with the machines. We had even reported the case to the Sahakarnagar police station. The investigation are on for the case,’’ she said.

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She said the person who made the offer to tamper with the EVMs had stated that it could be done via blue tooth and wi-fi facility through remote control.

The group has already put up their grievance to the state election commissioner Neela Satyanarayan who will soon issue an order on the case.

Meanwhile,Ajit Babar of the NCP who was can didate at panel number 76,BJP candidate Appa Dhavane who contested from panel no 74,Congress candidate Sujata Bhintade from panel no 75 and BJP’s Digambar Dhauri (panel no 73) were part of the agitation.

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