Chennai: Upon EC’s guidance, 50 EVMs were moved to Theni Lok Sabha constituency and 20 VVPATs were moved to Erode, hinting at the possibility of re-polling, stated a report. The Chief Electoral Officer of Tamil Nadu Satyabrata Sahoo had earlier informed the Election Commission of India (EC) about the need for re-polling in about 10 booths.

The CEO recommended re-polling in ten polling stations: Eight stations in Dharmapuri Lok Sabha segment, one under Tiruvallur Parliamentary constituency and one under the Cuddalore Lok Sabha constituency. In the polling stations under Dharmapuri and Tiruvallur constituencies, re-polling has been recommended for both Parliamentary elections and by-poll elections to the Assembly seats of Pappireddipatti and Poonamallee in the respective constituencies.

Errors had crept in at 46 other booths spread across 13 districts and 15 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state. Therefore, EC must decide if re-polling is required or not, said Satyabrata Sahoo. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, supporters of DMK, Congress and other parties came in huge numbers to the taluk office in Theni and opposed to the moving of new EVM machines to the office.

On the same day, the EC had submitted in the Madras High Court regarding the security breach in the storage room where poll related documents of Madurai Lok Sabha seat were kept. The security breach had eroded public confidence to a significant extent about the fairness of the election process.

“The incident has created a dent and serious apprehension in the minds of public, media, candidates and political parties,” Satyabrata Sahoo, Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer said through a counter filed in the plea by CPI-M candidate Su Venkatesan, seeking a probe by a Special Investigation Team. Sahoo said the lapse shows the need for substantial improvement in the coordination between the police and the district administration. (With agency inputs)