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Mumbai poll official refutes media report, says, 'EVM fully safeguarded against manipulation'

The official said neither Ravindra Waikar nor losing candidate Amol Kirtikar of the Shiv Sena (UBT) had sought a recount but verification of invalid postal ballots was demanded and it was done.

Edited By: Sheenu Sharma @20sheenu Mumbai Updated on: June 16, 2024 19:59 IST
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Image Source : PTI (FILE) Mumbai poll official refutes media report, says, 'EVM fully safeguarded against manipulation'.

A poll official today (June 16) said an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) was a standalone system with robust administrative safeguards to protect it from any kind of manipulation and that there was no need for a One-time password (OTP) to unlock it.

Vandana Suryavanshi, returning officer of Mumbai North West Lok Sabha constituency, was reacting to a report in a newspaper about a kin of Ravindra Waikar, the Shiv Sena candidate who emerged victorious there by a wafer-thin margin of 48 votes, using a mobile phone connected to an EVM during vote counting on June 4 (Tuesday).

"The EVM is a standalone system and there is no need for an OTP to unlock it. It is not programmable and has no wireless communication capabilities.

It is a complete lie being spread by a newspaper. We have issued notice to a newspaper under sections 499, 505 of the Indian Penal Code for defamation and spreading false news," Suryavanshi said today (June 16).

As per Vanrai police, Mangesh Pandilkar, brother-in-law of Waikar, was booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 188 (disobeying official order) on Wednesday for allegedly using a mobile phone at a counting centre in Goregaon on June 4, when results of the general elections were announced.

Speaking at the press conference, Suryavanshi said the personal mobile phone of one Dinesh Gurav, the data entry operator of Jogeshwari assembly constituency, was found in the hands of an unauthorised person and action is being taken in this regard.

Data entry, vote counting are 2 different aspects

"Data entry and vote counting are two different aspects. An OTP enables the ARO to open the encore login system for data entry. The counting process is independent and has nothing to do with unauthorised use of mobile phone, which is an unfortunate incident and is being probed," Suryavanshi added.

"Advance technical features and robust administrative safeguards are in place to rule out any possibility of manipulation. Safeguards include conducting everything in the presence of candidates or their agents," she said.

The official said neither Waikar or losing candidate Amol Kirtikar of the Shiv Sena (UBT) had sought a recount but verification of invalid postal ballots was demanded and it was done.

Suryavanshi said CCTV footage in connection with the issue cannot be given unless there are orders from the competent court.

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