Assam Congress urges ECI to ensure round-the-clock vigil on strong rooms
The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) to ensure round-the-clock vigil on the strong rooms where the polled electronic voting machines (EVMs) are being currently stored.
Assam PCC Ripun Bora said that they would submit a memorandum to the ECI on Wednesday, also requesting the apex poll body to provide candidates access to the links of the monitors of the CCTV cameras for greater transparency.
Addressing newsmen here, APCC president Ripun Bora said given the reported breach of EVM transportation protocols in the second phase and suspicious movement of EVMs in vehicles during the third phase, there was enough cause for suspicion that the EVMs kept in the strong rooms could be “manipulated.”
“So we demand that the EVMs kept in the strong rooms be guarded round the clock. We do not have faith in the government. Also, if the returning officer can monitor the CCTV cameras in the strong rooms, why can’t the candidates have the same privilege,” Bora said.
The three-phase Assam Assembly elections in 126 constituencies ended on Tuesday evening.
The day for counting votes is on May 2.