Poll team forgets to erase mock data in Himachal, deletes actual votes!
Twenty election officials in Himachal Pradesh allegedly forgot to delete mock votes which got added to the actual votes at five booths during Lok Sabha elections on Sunday.
State’s chief electoral officer (CEO) Devesh Kumar on Tuesday said the Election Commission was investigating the matter and the erring officers, five presiding officers, and 15 polling officers were likely to be suspended.
According to the Election Commission guidelines, a mock poll is carried out an hour before actual polling to test whether an electronic voting machine or EVM is working properly and at least 50 test votes are cast. Mock polling is conducted in the presence of polling agents, who are then shown the results.
When the officials realized their mistake, they deleted some votes, but their error was noticed, said state's chief electoral officer. He added that the erring officers are likely to be suspended.