No Mismatch Between VVPAT, EVM Vote Count in Delhi: Poll Body

Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer Rajbhar Singh said on Friday, 23 May, that there were no incidents of mismatch between VVPAT slips and the EVM vote count reported from the national capital.

A senior official from his office said that there were no reports of EVMs being replaced till date in the national capital, according to Hindustan Times.

Singh told Hindustan Times:

"“We have not received a single complaint of EVMs being replaced or tampered with in strong rooms. On Friday, when the counting of votes polled took place, there were no incidents in which the EVM vote count mismatched with that of VVPAT slips.”"

From 12 May till 23 May, the EVMs and VVPATs were kept in strong rooms across seven parliamentary constituencies. The Lok Sabha elections were held on 12 May in the national capital.

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Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari had said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were making an issue as they "knew they were losing the elections".

Meanwhile, AAP's national spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said, "EVM and VVPAT is purely a technical subject.”

"“We would refrain from commenting before we get some data based on research. We will keep advocating electoral reforms in the world’s largest democracy.”" - Saurabh Bharadwaj, AAP

Former Delhi chief minister and Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit said the Congress had not observed any complaints on EVMs and VVPATs.

Returning officer of East Delhi constituency, "A three tier security arrangement— comprising personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces and Delhi Police — was made at strongrooms. CCTVs were also installed to keep watch. Special arrangements were made for political parties, so that they can deploy their volunteers who kept a watch on the strong rooms throughout."

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(With inputs from Hindustan Times)

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