We demand repoll in 150 stations that faced EVM glitches”: Chandrababu Naidu
Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu has approached the Chief Electoral Officer Gopal Krishna Dwivedi on Thursday to report the non-functioning of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in 150 polling stations across the state. He submitted a letter demanding the repoll in these polling booths identified where the voting started 3-4 hours late which affected the polling percentage.
"We demand to the repoll in all the mentioned polling stations where the polling has not commenced even at 9.30 a.m. due to the failure of EVMs,” complained Naidu. He also said that EVMs failed to function including the one at which CEO Gopal Krishna Dwivedi cast his vote. “According to the media reports, EVMs in almost 30 per cent of the polling stations are not functioning. This had resulted in a large number of voters going back disappointed,” added Naidu.
In the letter submitted to the EC, Naidu has specified the need to order repoll in all the polling stations where polling has not commenced late. “Women and elderly people were seen waiting under the scorching sun as there are delays in the commencement of the poll and slow polling process. Voters who went back may not come back for voting even if the polling is resumed after replacement/repair of the existing EVMs,” he stated.
Naidu had opined that these technical problems and manipulation in EVMs was an expected one which was the reason why even technologically advanced countries go with ballot papers. He reiterated the fact that 22 political parties in the country demanded that at least the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips be counted. Naidu said they were planning to file a review petition for counting of at least 25 per cent of VVPAT slips.