The Chief Electoral Officer, Gopal Krishna Dwivedi, announced the Election Commission of India (ECI) is looking at the issue of repolling in some booths.
The complaint was lodged by members of the Left, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress (INC.) According to the complaint filed at the ECI, the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) broke down at multiple booths. As a result of the breakdown, there was a major delay in the beginning of the polling process.
The first complaint on this issue was brought to the ECI by the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) Chief Chandrababu Naidu. According to Chandrababu Naidu, EVMs in close to 30% of the polling stations didn’t work during the early hours.
Reacting to Chandrababu Naidu’s statements, the CEO of the ECI said the information he received regarding the numbers was vastly different from what Mr. Naidu was saying. He added by saying while there was proof of 344 EMVs not working, if the statement made by the TDP Chief was true, 72,000 EMVs should have malfunctioned.
“We have 92,000 EVMs at 45,000 booths. If the above allegation is true, 27,600 EVMs should not have functioned,” said Gopal Krishna Dwivedi.
Ending the statement, Mr. Dwivedi said no matter whether there was substantial proof or not, the ECI would look into the complaint. According to him, despite the officials being given enough training, they were still not able to handle the EMVs.
If the numbers do tally and there indeed is a discrepancy, then the ECI will take a call on the repolling. After a complete scrutiny of all the polling booths, the ECI will take a call on which EMVs were actually faulty and then decide on repolling. If the repolling does happen, it will be done on the 13th of April.
Stay tuned for more updates on this issue.