May 8, 2019
Chennai : The DMK on Wednesday demanded that the Election Commission should explain and clarify on the suspicious movement of EVMS and VVPAT Audit trail machines to Theni and Erode on Tuesday.
In identical letters to the Chief Election Commissioner and Chief Electoral Officer, Tamil Nadu, DMK’s Organising Secretary and Member of Parliament R.S. Bharathi urged them to reveal the purpose of shifting the machines.
The DMK leader said about 50 EVMs were shifted to Theni from Coimbatore without any intimation to the candidates who contested in the Theni parliamentary constituency and in bye-elections for Periakulam and Andipatti assembly constitutencies.
The local district collector, district electoral officer were unable to give a satisfactory answer to the movement of EVMs, which has created doubts about the free and fairness in the functioning of the election organising machinery.
The Chief Electoral Officer told the media that the EVMs were shifted on the orders of Election Commission as there was an expectation of re-polling in certain polling centres.
“It is not known on whose request Re-polling is being processed. In fact, no affirmative order is communicated by the Election Commission on the request made our DMK Party for Re-polling in 10 Polling Booths in Pappireddypatti within Dharmapuri Parliamentary Constituency,” Bharathi said.
“While so, moving EVMs and VVPATs to the places, where Re-Poll is not asked for, creates strong doubts on the activities of Election Commission. What is the modus – operendi behind these suspicious moves of EVMs and VVPAT shall be clearly and transparently explained by the Election Commission. Otherwise, the trust on the Election Commission would further diminish,” Bharathi said.