Opposition in the dark as contractors begin first level checks on voting machines to be used in Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections scheduled for later this year.
The Trinamool Congress supremo alleged that BJP has used money, “muscle”, institutions, media and the government to win the elections.
As many as 22 Opposition parties had demanded verification of VVPAT slips of randomly-selected polling stations before the counting of the votes.
In the highest ever voter-turnout, 67.11% of the 90.99 crore electors cast their votes in the seven phase 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.
If any discrepancy is found during VVPAT verification, they said 100 percent counting of the paper slips of VVPATs of all polling stations of that particular Assembly should be done.
The Election Commission has dismissed reports and allegations of EVMs being transported without security, but there is still plenty of chatter around the issue.
Supreme Court directed the Election Commission to increase random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs from one to five polling booths per assembly segment in Lok Sabha polls.
Mukherjee said that right from the first election commissioner Sukumar Sen to the present election commissioners, the institution is working very well.
Sporadic clashes were reported in Kolkata, with TMC workers claiming that voters were being intimidated by the central forces outside booths.
Aam Aadmi Party’s Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti alleged that EVMs at booths 116,117 and 122 were not functioning.
The former law minister says the Election Commission is going easy on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The ECI is using draconian measures that keep people from speaking out about problems, and jailed people who exposed flaws.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has accused BJP of “programming” EVMs to win the Lok Sabha polls.
A bench of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, will hear the petition on Friday.
"We are open to any criticism and feedback. But we are not going to be bullied," Arora said.
It also assured that EVMs cannot be tampered.
'Look-alikes are made to function in a tampered manner'
He said EVMs could be manipulated to favour any party.