An entire set of EVMs was replaced after complaints surfaced of the set of EVMs showing differing numbers of votes cast during mock polling. The issue was brought to notice by AAP spokesperson in Goa, Elvis Gomes, who called the EVM malfunction a robbery.
Gomez said that the mock poll had 9 votes for each of the 6 candidates in booth number 31 of the 34th Assembly seat in the state – the BJP got 17, Congress got nine, AAP got eight and independent candidates got one.
Election of shame ? Mock poll with 9 votes for each of 6 candidates in booth no 31 in 34 AC in Goa. Total count BJP gets 17, Cong 9 , Aap 8. Ind 1 . Robbery. @SpokespersonECI , @CEO_Goa claims are hollow . @AamAadmiParty pl take up— Elvis Gomes (@ielvisgomes) April 23, 2019
Taking note of the situation, the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of Goa said that it is examining the matter and an update will be issued soon.
We are examining the matter. Update on the matter will be issued soon.— CEO Goa Election (@CEO_Goa) April 23, 2019
Later, the CEO of Goa said that the issue has been resolved, as an entire set of EVMs was replaced for the Assembly constituency's 31st polling station, citing inputs from DEO of south Goa.
Entire set of EVM has been replaced for AC 34, PS No 31 as per report from DEO South Goa. https://t.co/MNIwGUdAcU— CEO Goa Election (@CEO_Goa) April 23, 2019
The EVM failure, however, did not go unnoticed. SP chief and former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, citing a media report, said that EVMs across India are malfunctioning or voting for the BJP.
"“DMs say poll officials untrained to operate EVMs. 350+ being replaced. This is criminal negligence for a polling exercise that costs 50,000 crs. Should we believe DM, the ECI or is something far more sinister afoot?”" - Akhilesh Yadav, President, Samajwadi Party
EVMs across India malfunctioning or voting for the BJP. DMs say poll officials untrained to operate EVMs. 350+ being replaced. This is criminal negligence for a polling exercise that costs 50,000 crs.— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) April 23, 2019
Should we believe DMs @ECISVEEP, or is something far more sinister afoot? pic.twitter.com/eGsGUUBWai
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