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Himachal polls: Virbhadra Singh asks EC to ensure proper security of VVPAT machines

Expressing his faith in the poll panel, Virbhadra Singh said the period between voting and counting is long, assurance for proper safety of the machines is required.

Reported by: PTI, Dharamsala [ Published on: November 05, 2017 23:26 IST ]
File pic of Virbhadra Singh
File pic of Virbhadra Singh

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress leader Virbhadra Singh today urged the Election Commission to ensure proper security of VVPAT machines from the day of voting for the Assembly polls on November 9 till December 18, the date of counting of votes. 

Expressing his faith in the poll panel, he said the period between voting and counting is long, assurance for proper safety of the machines is required. 

Voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) is a machine which dispenses a slip with the symbol of the party for which a person has voted for. The slip drops in a box but the voter cannot take it home. 

Commenting about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speeches in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh today, Singh said the language being used by Modi does not match with the dignity of the chair and from this one can imagine the standard of his party too. 

Describing the Himachal Pradesh election as a "one-sided" contest, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accused the Congress of running away from the battlefield and said it had nothing left to do but grieve in the coming days. 

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