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Telangana may need more EVMs for Lok Sabha


HYDERABAD: With the election of over 30 MLAs, including chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, challenged in court after results of the Telangana assembly polls have been declared, the Election Commission of India can have to send 1000's of latest electronic voting machines (EVMs) to the state for the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.

As most allegations of election petitions (EPs) filed within the Telangana High Court pertain to EVM errors or in quest of voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) depend, EVMs in 34 constituencies cannot be opened for getting ready them for Lok Sabha polls. Consequently, the state election authorities would want new EVMs for upcoming polls.

The factor of EPs received importance with EC postponing Vikarabad collector Syed Omar Jaleel for cleansing up data in a couple of EVMs of Vikarabad Assembly constituency in spite of an EP pending in court.

An EP challenges the validity of an election result of a candidate in a parliamentary, assembly or local election. The closing date for filing EPs within the Telangana High Court used to be January 25.

An MLA’s election could be declared void under Section 100 of the Representation of People Act, 1951, if the High Court, after trial, is of the view that there used to be enough proof to turn out the allegations of electoral malpractices and violations.

“In constituencies where no election petitions have been filed, EVMs will also be opened. First-level checking will be executed within the presence of representatives of political parties. Around 34 EPs have been filed. What happened in Vikarabad is a significant lapse and ECI suspended the collector,” Telangana chief electoral officer (CEO) Rajat Kumar told TOI.

‘One-third of EVMs is also locked up’

Most EPs sought counting of VVPATs and raised questions about EVMs. If the entire 34 EPs are accepted, then round onethird of voting machines will be locked up in court. We should request EC to send new machines,” he mentioned.


Advocate C Damodar Reddy told TOI, “A voter from Gajwel constituency filed a petition in opposition to CM KCR. The plea is but to be numbered. The petitioner alleged that KCR had filed false affidavits in Gajwel constituency and puzzled his agricultural source of revenue. The petitioner claimed within the first affidavit best four pending legal circumstances have been discussed, while in the second one 64 legal circumstances are discussed. Regarding agriculture source of revenue shown by means of CM, a number of questions have been raised.”


Several Congress leaders, who tasted defeat within the contemporary elections, including A Revanth Reddy, DK Aruna, Padmavati Reddy, Malreddy Ranga Reddy and Addanki Dayakar, have filed EPs alleging irregularities.


Congress chief Gudur Narayana Reddy told TOI, “We are not discovering fault with district-level officials. The state-level officials are liable for this fiasco. Only EC groups have get entry to to EVMs. There is a huge difference between votes polled and counted on EVMs. VVPATs will have to be counted in all 119 constituencies.”


TRS MP B Vinod Kumar mentioned, “Election petitions are commonplace. Even in all 119 assembly constituencies, election petitions will also be filed. Every contestant has a right to report such petitions. Nothing serious about an election petition in opposition to the manager minister. However, the allegations in these petitions are frivolous in nature. Voters have given a transparent mandate within the people’s court. And, elected TRS MLAs will struggle, legally, within the courts to return out clean.”


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