Giving a clarity on the types of EVMs their usage and storage CEO Rajat Kumar said that all A and B category EVMs used in election process are kept in the strong rooms. The C category EVMs which were found defective during the first level check and mock polls are being sent to ECIL and BEL for repairs. The D category EVMs that are state reserves, have been shifted to the State Central Warehouse in Medchal, Malkjgiri district.
The video of Ten Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were transported in an auto-rickshaw from the Jagtial Tehsildar’s office to a warehouse in Mini Stadium on Monday night but as the warehouse was locked they were brought back in the same vehicle went viral on social media with some people raising doubts about the safety of the EVMs used for polling.
Telangana’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Rajat Kumar, however, allayed the apprehensions and clarified that the EVMs which were being transported were used for training the polling personnel before the voting on April 11.
Rajat Kumar told a press meet in Hyderabad that the EVMs in the video were of M2 version machines while M3 EVMs were used for polling in the entire Nizamabad constituency.
Stating that some old videos were also being circulated on the social media to create doubts with political motives, the CEO said that criminal cases would be registered against those posting such videos.
Clarifying the doubts raised on the difference in the polling percentage announced on the day of polling and the next day the CEO said it was a normal practice to give an approximate polling percentage after the end of polling but the final figures were announced the next day. He added that the polling was conducted in a transparent manner as per the guidelines of the Election Commission.