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Chhattisgarh polls: Congress workers guard EVM machines to thwart tampering

Raipur Congress Chief Vikas Upadhyay asserted that though they have full faith in the security personnel guarding the machines, their additional vigil is to thwart any attempt of hacking

ANI  |  Raipur (Chhattisgarh) 

Election officers arrange the EVM machines inside the strong room on the day of state assembly election result, in Ahmedabad. Photo: PTI
EVM. Photo: PTI

Even after the polling for assembly elections is over in the state, some workers of the party are still burning the midnight oil for a strange reason and have pledged to do so till the date of counting.

The reason no more is campaigning but guarding the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) kept inside the strong room here.

Commenting on the need of such exercise, Raipur Chief Vikas Upadhyay asserted that though they have full faith in the security personnel guarding the machines, their additional vigil is to thwart any attempt of hacking.

Read Business Standard's full coverage on Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018

Upadhyay said, "Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh have culminated on November 20 and EVM's are kept at this government college till the time of counting. We have full faith and confidence on the Central Reserve Police Force personnel but we have heard things about hacking from different parts of the country. There is Bharatiya Janata Party government in both Centre and State so to ensure more safety our party workers are monitoring this place round the clock. There have been instances reported related to EVMs after voting during Karnataka and Gujarat polls have raised doubts, so we are here on guard."

The state of Chhattisgarh went to polls in two phases. The first phase of polling was conducted on November 12 whereas the second phase was on November 20. The counting of votes will be taking place on December 11.

In 2013 assembly elections, the BJP bagged 49 seats, got 39, Bahujan Samajwadi Party and an Independent candidate got one seat each in the 90-member assembly.

First Published: Sat, November 24 2018. 05:00 IST
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