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Faulty EVM voted 'occasionally' for BJP candidate in Buldhana, Maharashtra

The EVM was used in a zila parishad election in February. Photograph: (Others)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 23, 2017, 07.39 AM (IST)

District officials in Buldhana, Maharashtra have admitted to a flaw in an electronic voting machine (EVM) used in recent zila parishad (district panchayat) elections. 

The DNA newspaper reported on Sunday that votes given to an independent candidate were "occasionally" recorded by the EVM as having been given to the BJP candidate. 

The newspaper added that RTI activist Anil Galgali had filed a query with the Buldhana district collectorate asking for information about the complaint filed by independent candidate Ashatai Arun Zore and details of the inquiry report submitted by the returning officer (RO).

The newspaper said a report signed by Ramnarayan Sawant, the official in charge of the polling centre, and election officer Manikrao Bazad stated that a complaint made by a voter at around 10 am was found to be without substance. 

However, a similar complaint was made again at 1.30 pm band was found to be correct. 

This was brought to the notice of the assistant returning officer, who visited the centre and verified the complaint.

On February 16, when elections to the Buldhana zila parishad were held, Zore and her representatives had objected to the LED light flashing for the BJP candidate when votes were cast for Zore on an EVM unit in Sultanpur. 

That meant that when votes were polled for Zore, they were instead tallied in favour of the BJP candidate. 

A number of similar charges have been made by other parties in the recent past. 

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