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Polling over, EC team checks security of EVMs in Punjab

India TV Politics Desk Chandigarh 24 Feb 2017, 17:51:53 PM IST
India TV Politics Desk

With voting in the Assembly elections in Punjab having concluded, a team of the Election Commission arrived in the state to inspect the security of buildings where the electronic voting machines (EVMs) of the polls have been kept.

The EC team visited the strongroom at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) campus in Ludhiana to take stock of the security arrangements there.

The EC team was "completely satisfied" with the security arrangements of the strongroom, said a district official.

"The EC team inspected the strongroom and saw the security arrangements, CCTVs and log books. We have a three-tier security arrangement around the strongroom," Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Ravi Bhagat told media.

He also added that candidates from various parties were present during the visit of the EC team.

The inner-most security cordon of the EVM strongrooms was under central forces while the outer ring was with the Punjab Police, an official said.

Earlier Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) filed a complaint with the EC saying the security around the strongrooms was lax and local officials were allowing unauthorised people to enter the strong rooms.

There were two incidents pointed out to the EC in the AAP complaints, one where people were seen entering the strongroom in Ludhiana and another of EVM boxes being moved in Patiala.

 

On the other hand, Congress and BJP leaders in Punjab have blamed the AAP leadership for creating panic over the issue.