Uttar Pradesh: Voters Complain EVM Voting for BJP Despite Pressing BSP Button
"Charaaghon ko aankhon mein mehfuz rakhan, badi dur tak raat hi raat hogi." - Bashir Badr.
At a polling station in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh, an incident of electronic voting machine (EVM) malfunctioning has come to light where pressing on the button for the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) resulted in the votes being registered for the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP).
In a video shared by journalist Rajdeep Sardesai on twitter, one Dhara Singh, said, “In booth number 2, when the button was pressed for elephant (the BSP symbol), the vote still went to the lotus (the BJP symbol). When this happened three times in a row, I consulted the polling officer and asked him about the issue. He admitted the issue and got flustered. He checked the machine. After he checked it out, the machine started working fine.”
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) April 11, 2019
When asked how many votes were cast for the incorrect party in this way, Singh pulled a person into the camera frame and said, “This is the seventh man who faced the problem.”
He added, “We detected one EVM that was malfunctioning this way. It has not been changed. The election observer has not reached the area yet.”
Singh said, “By the time we noticed the problem 138 votes in total had already been cast. We want to cast our vote correctly. We want to see our vote after casting it and vote confidently.”
The man confirms that the malfunctioning machine had not been changed at the time when the video was recorded.