Bhopal: The Election Commission of India (ECI) confessed that CCTV cameras installed at strongroom in Bhopal, where EVMs were stored after voting for Madhya Pradesh Assembly Election 2018 concluded on November 28, faced a blackout for over an hour due to power cut in the area on Friday. The admission came a day after a Congress delegation met the poll body to raise concerns over the security of EVMs across poll-bound MP and Chhattisgarh. Also Read - EC Calls All-Party Meeting In Kolkata As COVID Cases Surge In Bengal, Discussion Over Poll Campaigns Likely
“A report obtained from the Bhopal Collector states that CCTV cameras and an LED display installed outside the strongroom did not function from 8.19 am to 9.35 am on 30.11.2018 due to failure of electricity supply. Because of this, recording could not be done during the given time period. An additional LED screen, an inverter and a generator have been installed in order to ensure continuous electricity supply,” a statement released by the EC on Saturday read. Also Read - EC Bars BJP'S Rahul Sinha, Sends Notice To Dilip Ghosh Over Remarks On Cooch Behar Violence
Adding further, the poll body assured that proper security arrangements have been made to prevent tampering threats to the machines. Taking note of the Congress objection to the unlocked door at Old Jail strongroom, it informed that ‘it has been closed following the complaint’. Also Read - West Bengal Election 2021: Mamata Banerjee Stages Dharna in Kolkata to Protest EC's 24-Hour Campaign Ban
The EC has also suspended Nayab Tehsildar Rajesh Mehra for submitting the EVMs nearly 48 hours after the completion of polling in Sagar district.
On Friday, a few Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) workers protested outside Satna strong room after a video, showing an unknown person taking a carton inside the highly protected area, went viral. They also alleged the state government of trying to tamper with the EVMs.
Meanwhile, the district administration had rejected all the charges and assured that the EVMs are kept under tight vigil of security personnel.
The polling for Madhya Pradesh Assembly Election 2018 was held on November 28. The counting of votes is scheduled for December 11, along with four other states – Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Telangana.