The Commission, in a detailed response to Congress’ grievance dated December 4 alleging illegalities in deposit of EVMs in the strong area and incidents linked to reserve EVMs in Madhya Pradesh, mentioned that when DEO, Bhopal visited the solid area in the morning, he identified its security as for each norms. “The in-cost of CISF said that there was temporary power reduce in the course of higher than described interval and no individual visited for the duration of this time and EVM sturdy home is secured as for each norms,” it additional.
Citing the applicable rule, EC explained “main change of the warehouse/sturdy place should be set up exterior the warehouse/robust room to stay clear of limited circuiting…no exterior ability unit ought to be put in or stored inside the solid room”. Due to the fact the main change for the within warehouse/sturdy place is installed outside, when it was turned off, the electrical power offer to CCTV put in within the robust room much too got disconnected, it defined.
The poll panel additional that CCTV cameras put in to watch the gate of the Bhopal robust area and movement of readers had been nonetheless functional from sealing of potent place on November 29 onwards.
“This CCTV was in no way requested to be…reduce from electricity supply. This digicam is also connected to LED exhibited outside the house the powerful room campus for checking by candidates and their associates as the gate of sturdy home is not instantly seen to them. Further more, they were doing the job appropriately from sealing time until November 30 morning up to 8.19 am, where by there was interruption in power provide which triggered short term shutdown of CCTV digital camera and LED which is placed outside potent home campus for candidates and their reps. This was restored at 9.35 am on November 30 and is operating thoroughly with all backup facilities,” explained the poll panel.
EC explained it had ensured motion on other problems from the Congress relating to Khurai assembly constituency, where by the returning officer and SDO(profits) have been eradicated and Shujalpur, the place important penalty proceedings experienced been initiated from 4 delinquent officers nevertheless EVMs identified with them had not been utilized in polling.
Relating to Congress grievance about personnel of returning officer’s staff moving into the strong home in Maiher assembly constituency of Satna, EC said the said officers experienced only absent to a standalone storeroom “far from the strongroom area” to hold vacant bins required to pack EVMs/VVPATs soon after counting. It included that the DEO had demonstrated to some candidates that no man or woman experienced even occur near to the strongroom location.
As for Congress criticism relating to Khandwa, EC explained sector officer, in charge, Principal Govt College or university, Mundi, experienced saved 1 set of unused (reserve) EVM in Police Station Chhaigaonmakhan due to deficiency of room in his vehicle on November 28. Returning officer informed DEO a working day afterwards that a single machine and two additional unused ones presented to returning officer had been saved in tehsil business, which ended up not applied in voting but could not be deposited in time. The DEO them questioned for all this sort of machines to be deposited in the warehouse and this was done in presence of some contesting candidates and other officers. “Strong home set for Pandhana which was sealed in the early morning of 29.11.2018 was under no circumstances opened for this,” EC claimed introducing that show bring about notices had been issued to 6 concerned officers. (Finishes)