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Guarding EVMs last step of AAP campaign in Mansa

It seems that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is still in the campaigning mode as its volunteers continue to be stationed outside the strongrooms to guard the EVMs in Mansa.

punjab Updated: Feb 13, 2017 15:49 IST
HT Correspondent
After keeping the social media abuzz with all sorts of allegations and predictions, the AAP workers have taken it upon themselves to ensure that EVMs are not tampered with.
After keeping the social media abuzz with all sorts of allegations and predictions, the AAP workers have taken it upon themselves to ensure that EVMs are not tampered with.(Livemint/ HT Representative Image)

It seems that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is still in the campaigning mode as its volunteers continue to be stationed outside the strongrooms to guard the EVMs in Mansa.

After keeping the social media abuzz with all sorts of allegations and predictions, the AAP workers have taken it upon themselves to ensure that EVMs are not tampered with.

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The party candidate from Mansa, Nazar Singh Manshahia said it is the last step of election campaign, which involves the security of electronic voting machines.

“It is an important decision of the party, which has allowed us to guard the strongrooms. We have done a lot of hard work and any foul play from other parties can spoil our game,” said Manshahia.

AAP volunteers had carried out an intense social media campaign in the run up to the elections. The party volunteers have been issued identity cards by the district electoral officer, allowing them to inspect the strongrooms, in presence of the returning officers.

Though AAP was criticised by the Punjab and Haryana high court for doubting reliability of EVMs, Manshahia said his party has full faith in the election commission to ensure that the EVMs are not tampered before March 11.

“There is a lot of time between voting and the counting day, which has prompted us to request the high court to ask the election commission to ensure that the machines are kept safe. We had personally observed that a few days before voting there was some laxity in security check across the state,” said Manshahia.

Young party volunteers from far-flung villages of the district have stationed themselves near the strongroom in government Nehru college in Mansa.

“We kicked off the campaign when none of the other parties were even sure of their candidates. This is the last leg of the campaign and we want to outclass the opposition even in this stage,” said a volunteer from Mansa.