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Election Commission seeks report over allegation of VVPAT malfunction in Delhi’s Dwarka

This was the first time that VVPAT machines were being used across all polling stations in Delhi.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 14, 2019 11:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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An electoral officer demonstrates the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine. (Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

The Election Commission has sought a report from the chief electoral officer of Delhi after a voter from Dwarka alleged harassment by polling officials for pointing out a mismatch between his vote and the slip generated by the Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine.

“My VVPAT machine (Delhi, Matiala, booth 96) printed the wrong symbol although the EVM machine red bulb glowed correctly. I complained to the presiding officer who directed me to nodal officer who then directed me to sector officer. All of them asked me not to complain. I insisted. They told me I’d be arrested under IPC section 177,” tweeted Milan Gupta.

In a series of tweets on Monday, Gupta claimed that he was asked to undertake a test vote. During the test vote, however, the VVPAT slip matched with the symbol he chose on the ballot unit.“The officer then announced that I proved myself wrong. He said nothing doing, you are now going to be arrested,” he tweeted.

Gupta was taken to the Sector 9, Dwarka police station. He was, however, not arrested and released later.

“The ECI has asked for a report in this regard. I have asked the returning officer of West Delhi to enquire into the matter and send a report at the earliest. Once the report comes in, it would be sent to the ECI,” Ranbir Singh, CEO of Delhi, said.

This was the first time that VVPAT machines were being used across all polling stations in Delhi.

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