Poll panel dismisses talk of EVM tampering; calls it baseless

Bypolls in seven seats of six states
Bypolls will be held in Adampur of Haryana, Munugode of Telangana, Mokama and Gopalganj seats of Bihar, Andheri (East) of Maharashtra, Gola Gorakhnath of Uttar Pradesh and Dhamnagar of Odisha

In the backdrop of videos, in the social media, showing EVMs being transported without any security, the Election Commission of India has asserted that all polled EVMs are safe and that all allegations to the contrary are “frivolous” and “baseless.”

“Polled EVMs and VVPATs were sealed properly in front of political parties candidates in videography. CCTV cameras are installed. CPAF security is there. Candidates are allowed to have watch on strong room at a time and at a point one representative of each candidate 24 ×7. The allegations are baseless,” the Election Commission said in a statement on Tuesday.

The poll body further asserted that strict action would be taken against those responsible for any violation, if found.

The opposition has been alleging that EVMs are being tampered with and that they are prone to manipulation. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has said that the data in the EVMs are being changed with a certain frequency.