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Gujarat elections: Shaktisinh Gohil alleges EVM malfunctioning in Surat and Amreli

Gujarat Congress’ charge that voting machines were tampered using Bluetooth are ‘baseless’ says EC NDTV Analysis Of The First Phase Of Gujarat Battle
Terence Owen | 09 December, 2017, 19:50

As the voting for the first phase of Gujarat assembly polls took-off this morning, complaints of malfunctioning EVMs and them being connected to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi began cropping up in certain polling stations.

The Election Commission (EC) in Gujarat said that an inquiry found that the apprehension about possible EVM tampering through Bluetooth technology, raised by opposition Congress, was baseless.

A team of Election Commission (EC) reached polling booth in Thakkar Plot, Porbandar, to investigate complaints of EVM tampering using mobile phones.

Modhvadia had said they detected EVMs at three polling booths at Memanwada are connected to external devices through Bluetooth.

We're noticing that the polling hasn't been accurately smooth in some places, as per reports temporary malfunction or fault of equipment of the EVMs and VVPATs in Rajkot, Rajpipla, Bhavnagar, Palitana, Porbandar.

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Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohile, who is contesting from Mandvi, also complained about EVM snags. "When statements of these kinds are given, I can't help but say that these are preparation of upcoming defeat", Jaitley said while reacting on Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia complaints of bluetooth connection in the EVM in Porbandar. After discussing the matter with the Election Commission, we have sent the collector and an observer of the commission has been sent to the spot along with the senior-most engineer. "When the bluetooth of a mobile phone is turned on, a device named "ECO 105" is shown as available".

Swain also said that the report to ECI has been sent on the status of the complaint that it has been disposed after proper investigation.

This meant EVMs can be tampered with through Bluetooth, he had said. "The voting system should be immune to such connectivity to external devices", he said.

"Members of the Congress are saying there is a defect in the EVMs".

"Congress is searching for an excuse even before the results are out, as it stares at a loss in the elections", said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.

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