Guwahati: In what has alarmed election officials as well as the political parties in Assam, an EVM during a mandatory mock poll was found to have been casting votes to only one political party. Every time the button was pressed, the vote went to the BJP candidate.
Chief electoral officer Vijendra said, “As soon as it came to our notice during the mock poll, the authorised technicians of the commission has been asked to look into it.” He clarified that EVM was faulty and it had been replaced.
“The fault came to notice during a mock poll organised in front of the representatives of all the political parties,” he said asserting that commission was following zero tolerance policy on EVMs and all the machines are put to test in presence of representatives of all the political parties.
The Jorhat parliamentary constituency returning officer and deputy commissioner Vishal Vasant Solanki said that all EVMs in his custody were being put through a second level of tests by engineers of the Electronics Corporation of India Ltd, the company from Hyderabad, which manufactures EVMs....