The opposition parties and few of the journalists supporting them are into a misconception that if they attack EVMs and the Election Commission of India, the outcome on May 23rd might favour them. That’s why, several people are busy mudslinging at the EVMs and the EC.
Editor of Mirror Now, Faye D’Souza, who is better known for her hate towards Modi government and the organisations associated to it, tweeted “So many of these videos have surfaced. The Election Commission must respond and confirm that it is going to investigate. The silence is deafening!”.
So many of these videos have surfaced. The Election Commission must respond and confirm that it is going to investigate. The silence is deafening! https://t.co/g4c2ChfnUH
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) May 21, 2019
Even Prashant Bhushan, noted fake news peddler, tried to spread lies by saying that this time EVMs are not hacked but swapped.
The fear is not #EVMHacking but EVM swapping. The unusual manner in which so called 'Reserve EVMs' are being allowed to transported around by a totally partisan & compromised EC without any security& regular EVMs are brought for storage days after voting, raises fears of swapping
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) May 21, 2019
But the Spokesperson of ECI rubbished all the claims by providing clarification stating “Please note the following factual reports from concerned Returning Officers in context of varied clips being circulated on media platforms on EVM strong room issues. Clarification issued by Returning Officers written mishandling of EVMs in Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh. All extant guidelines issued by ECI followed”.
1/n Pl note the followg factual reports from concerned Returning Officers in context of varied clips being circulated on media platforms on EVM strong room issues. Clarification issued by RO👇wrt mishandling of EVMs in Chandauli, UP. All extant guidelines issued by ECI followed. pic.twitter.com/wNOS3WmtvL
— Sheyphali Sharan (@SpokespersonECI) May 21, 2019
Saying that “Polled EVMs are absolutely safe in Strongrooms”, the Election Commission issued a notice that stated “After the close of polls, all polled EVMs and VVPATs are brought under security cover to the designated strongrooms, which is sealed with double locks, in the presence of the candidates and in the presence of Observers of the Election Commission”.
It added “The entire process of storage and sealing of the strongroom is covered under videography. Continuous CCTV coverage is done till completion of counting. Each strongroom is guarded with round-the-clock security by Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Further, the candidates or their designated agents remain present at the strongroom for 24X7 vigil at all times”.
Even the Supreme Court slammed the lobby that was trying to shift the blame on EVMs. On May 21st, the Supreme Court dismissed a writ petition seeking 100% random physical counting of EVM-VVPAT in the Lok Sabha polls of 2019. The Supreme Court stated “there is hardly two days left before counting and the country should be allowed to choose its government”.