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Polling in MP: BJP-Congress workers clash in Ater constituency in Bhind

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Bhopal: There was violent clash today between Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers armed with lathis and rods and the police had to fire in the air to prevent booth capturing and control the situation during polling in Ater constituency in Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh.

Several vehicles, including that of the Congress candidate, was damaged by the rampaging mob in Ater constituency.

According to a senior television journalist, the clash started in Ater constituency after BJP men captured the Sankri poll booth and the police remained mute spectator.

Polling began this morning for the by-elections to Bhind District’s Ater and Umaria District’s Bandhavgarh (Scheduled Tribe) assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh.

According to an official version: “A Congress worker overstayed inside a polling booth at Sankri in Ater. Though he was made to leave, a clash took place between polling agents of the two parties outside the booth. Later, police resorted to firing in the air to control the situation. In view of the clash, Congress candidate Hemant Katare was taken into police safety.”

“No tampering in EVM and VVPAT used during demonstration in Ater in Madhya Pradesh”

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New Delhi: A Special Inquiry team led by Bhanwar Lal, Chief Electoral Officer, Andhra Pradesh has has found no anomaly or tampering in EVM and VVPAT used during demonstration in Ater (Bhind) on 31 March, 2017

The Special Enquiry team has submitted its Enquiry report on Bhind (MP) Episode to the Election Commission.

The Election Commission today issued a statement clarifying that the Special Enquiry team has found no anomaly or tampering in EVM and VVPAT used during demonstration in Ater (Bhind) in Madhya Pradesh. The inquiry was instituted by Election Commission of India to inquire into to all aspects of various allegations raised in the media and by the political parties.

The technical examination of the Ballot Unit (BU), Control Unit (CU) and VVPAT of 31 March demonstration, oral examination of the officials present during the demonstration, data retrieved from the CU have conclusively established that during the demonstration, buttons of BU were pressed in the following order:

Button No.                              Symbol                                   Name of Candidate
03                                         Handpump                                      Raju Pal
04                                              Lotus                                   SatyaDev Pachori
03                                        Handpump                                       Raju Pal
01                                            Hand                                          Ambuj Shukla

Therefore, the EC has pointed out, it is clear that on pressing of various buttons on EVMS during the demonstration, corresponding symbols were displayed.

The team in its report concluded that it is completely false to say that at multiple times slips of lotus were printed on pressing different buttons during the demonstration on 31 March as alleged.

The lapse, according to the EC related to non-deletion of the pre-loaded data of Govind Nagar AC of Kanpur Nagar from where VVPATs (not EVMs) were received and reloading with the symbols/data of dummy candidate before demonstration as per the laid down protocol of the Commission necessitate appropriate action by the Commission.

The conclusion of the enquiry committee on the allegations are as follows:

1. The EVMs used in the demo in Bhind was not brought from UP. However, the VVPAT used in the demonstration was brought from UP. Since the VVPATs are limited in number and had been used by all the poll going states during the last 5 states elections, the distribution of VVPATs for 10 states bye-elections was made by the Commission by allocating VVPATs from different poll-gone statesto different poll-going states. In this case, the VVPAT was allocated from UP and brought from Govind Nagar AC of Kanpur Nagar,UP.

2. Bringing the VVPAT from UP is not in violation of law. As per the law, only the EVMs used in the Poll and the VVPAT slips contained in the box are required to be preserved for the period of 45 days in a secured manner for the purpose of Election Petition, if any. There is no bar on the movement ofVVPATs machines as the same are not required to be preserved for Election Petitions as the paper slips printed through the VVPAT and contained in the Box are required to be preserved separately. In this case, however, further precaution was taken to move only the reserve VVPATs used as substitutes during poll on which no restriction applies.

The Committee has recommended that the enquiry conclusively establishes that

1. The accuracy of the functioning of the EVMs and VVPATs including the said EVMlVVPAT is beyond doubt.
2. Commission may like to fix responsibility on DEO and RO for the lapses brought out in the enquiry reports.
3. Commission may like to prescribe check list for handling each activity relating to EVM!VVPAT which should be mandatorily adhered to by the electoral authorities and the same should be monitored through MIS online by the Commission. The existing instructions issued from time to time may be compiled in the form of these checklists. The said revised check lists laid down by the Election Commission of India regarding handling of various activities on EVMs/vVPATs, must be rigorously followed by the entire electoral machinery from the level of Presiding Officer to the CEO.
4. Commission may like to reiterate that there should be no room for casualness in handling the electoral matters, least of all, such unwarranted remarks, as the sanctity of electoral process forms the foundation of India’s democracy.

Election Commission takes steps to ensure free and fair elections in Madhya Pradesh

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New Delhi: The Election Commission of India has responded to media reports and demand raised by a Congress party delegation on Saturday in connection with bye-election from Ater and Bandhavgarh (ST) Assembly constituencies in Madhya Pradesh and in order to ensure the correct functioning of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPATs) being deployed in the two Assembly constituencies, the Commission has decided to depute two teams of officers of the Commission along with technical experts.

The Congress delegation that met the Commission demanded the Commission to ensure free and fair election and absolute neutrality of officers.

The Election Commission, in a statement has said that the integrity of the EVMs and the VVPATs to be used in the polls will be
demonstrated to the complete satisfaction of all stakeholders by the team. These teams will remain in the Assembly Constituency till the counting is over.

It has been decided to depute a team of high revel officers led by Bhanwar Lal, CEO Andhra pradesh (chief secretary level officer) to supervise the bye-elections in MP. The team will also include R. K. Srivastava, Senior Principal Secretary and Varinder Kumar, Principal Secretary. These teams of senior officers will supervise the implementation of all administrative and security instructions of the ECI for the conduct of elections.

The Commission has said that it is committed to conduct entire erectoral process transparently, fairly and to the complete satisfaction of stakeholders including the esteemed voters. ECI will always hear and redress genuine and credible suggestions from stakeholders to further strengthen the electoral system.

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Credibility of EVM comes under fire ahead of bye-election in MP

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Bhopal: The credibility of the electronic voting machine has come under fire as the Voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) printed the same “lotus” symbol of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party after the State Chief electoral officer Salina Singh pressed the button of an electronic voting machine during a trial casting of vote ahead of the coming bye-election to the Ater Assembly constituency in Bhind district.

Voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) or verifiable paper record (VPR) is the method used for providing feedback of the electronic voting machines.

A VVPAT is a verification system for electronic voting machines and is intended to detect possible election fraud or malfunction. It contains the symbol of the party and individual candidate in the electoral fray and is a means to audit the stored electronic results.

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According to available reports, during the dummy voting (trial of the EVM) in question, the BJP symbol was printed by the VVPAT when the fourth button of the EVM was pressed. Again the VVPAT printed the BJP symbol when another button was pressed. But the third time when the first button was pressed, it printed the Congress symbol. When questioned by media-persons, the State CEO lightly brushed aside the query stating “you would be sent to the police station if you publish this.” Later, at a press conference senior Congress leader Govind Singh accused the BJP and said that it will try to win the bye-election by tampering with the EVM.