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GSM alleges EVM tampering during Goa polls

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The Suraksha Manch (GSM) has alleged tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the recently held Assembly polls.

"The votes polled by our candidates are too less and unexpected. Such a low response to our candidates is not expected," President Anand Shirodkar told PTI today.

polled only 1.2 per cent of the total votes during the February 4 state elections in which they had contested on six seats in alliance with the MGP and

"We strongly suspect that there was a manipulation in the constituencies where we had contested," he said adding the party is contemplating to approach the seeking an investigation into the matter.

Shirodkar said that party officials have spoken to several technicians who have not ruled out the possibility of EVMs being manipulated.

The party which was formed by rebel leader and regional language crusader Subhash Velingkar, after the BJP-led refused to withdraw grants to English medium schools, is surprised over the votes polled by its candidates in some constituencies like Panaji.

"In Panaji constituency, the party has a base of 1,500 workers and all had voted for But our candidate Chetan Bhatikar polled only 323 votes. This is impossible," Shirodkar said alleging the "EVMs were set to favour certain political parties.

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First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 10:57 IST