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EC raps Congress over false allegations over EVM tampering in Karnataka, says voting machines never sent to South Africa

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) has denied allegations by the Congress party that EVMs were tampered with in the Karnataka assembly elections. In a letter to the Congress, the ECI said that all EVMs used in the elections were new and had been properly checked and verified.

The Congress had alleged that the EVMs used in the elections were previously used in South Africa and had not been re-validated or re-verified. However, the ECI said that this was not true. An India Today report cited the letter stating that no EVMs were sent to South Africa nor does South Africa use EVMs.

The ECI also said that the Congress was aware that all new EVMs were being used in the Karnataka elections. The Election Commission stated in their letter that Karnataka Congress Committee was informed through Chief Electoral Officer of the state that according to instructions of ECI, photocopy of the list of FLC OK EVMs and VVPATs were provided to the National and State recognised political parties after FLC process at district level. The letter stated that the EVMs and VVPATs from ECIl, Hyderabad were used for the polls.

The letter also stated that all district-level representatives of all national and state recognised political parties including Congress were made aware of the place from where EVMs were received.

The ECI said that the Congress’ allegations were “baseless” and “malicious”. The poll panel stated that factual basis of information with regard to South Africa, provided to the party by various sources, is non-existent. The committee also directed the party to publically expose the culprit.

The CI also gave them time till May 15, 5 pm to show what action they have initiated against the “mischievous sources”.


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