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EC quells Naidu’s fears about defective EVMs


NEW DELHI: Andhra Pradesh leader minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday met the Election Commission to complain about malfunctioning of EVMs in the state on polling day, which he claimed had denied many their proper to vote. He additionally lodged a protest against transfer of senior officers, including the state leader secretary, in the run-up to the polls, while additionally elevating concerns relating to thermal paper used to print VVPAT slips.

Sources stated EC gave a patient hearing to Naidu however allayed his apprehensions and concerns by means of putting forth arduous info and statistics. On his allegation that round 30-40% of EVMs in AP had malfunctioned, EC cited the report won from the state’s leader electoral officer that simply 1.75% of the EVM ballot devices, 1.73% of EVM keep watch over devices and 2.75% of VVPATs have been changed across the state’s 25 Lok Sabha constituencies. This is definitely inside the accepted limits of EVM/VVPAT malfunction, he used to be instructed.


As for his charge that EVM snags had affected polling percentages in the state, EC is alleged to have identified that now not simplest used to be the 79.64% turnout for Lok Sabha and assembly polls in Andhra Pradesh upper than the 78.four% recorded in 2014, however that as many as 26 lakh extra electorate solid their franchise this time as in comparison to 2014.


Regarding his name for poll adjournment/repoll in 618 polling stations, EC stated the district election officers have been nonetheless maintaining poll scrutiny lawsuits and a last decision on repoll can be taken quickly.


Naidu further alleged earlier than the EC that officials in the state have been transferred in an arbitrary manner and the chief secretary used to be changed by means of a person who used to be an accused, together with YSR Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy, in a case. The EC, then again, reminded Naidu that none of the returning officers of 25 parliamentary constituencies or 175 assembly constituencies used to be transferred. Only one district election officer used to be transferred in accordance with his performance evaluate by means of EC officers throughout their visit to the state. While the ADG (intelligence) used to be got rid of as EC used to be convinced that his continuation used to be now not in the pastime of loose and honest poll, the chief secretary used to be shunted out for non-compliance of EC orders.


As for Naidu’s criticism that special central police observer K K Sharma, a former BSF DG, used to be introduced in from West Bengal, EC instructed Naidu that the officer involved had himself recused from taking over the assignment in West Bengal. “We gave Sharma charge of Andhra, since he used to be on our panel of police observers and needed to be deployed somewhere,” stated an EC reliable.


On VVPATs, Naidu stated thermal paper used for printing VVPATs slips had sure issues. EC has now arranged for a meeting of its technical committee with mavens to be sent by means of Naidu to raise sure concerns relating to VVPAT.


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