EVMs retrieved from pool
Karnal, July 7
The district administration is not sure of the number of EVMs snatched by some miscreants at Balla village in Assandh block during the counting of votes last evening but has declared the results after retrieving five EVMs from a pool with the help of divers.
While the villagers alleged that six EVMs were snatched by the miscreants and thrown into the pool and the police also corroborated their version, the administration thought it proper to declare the results on the basis of five EVMs.
ADC RS Kharab maintained that the counting of votes had already been completed when the miscreants took away the EVMs and the mandatory form 15 A was also signed and there was no hitch in declaring the results after five EVMs were retrieved by the divers.
However, Assandh SHO Randhir Singh said five EVMs and a ballot box had been recovered and the divers were searching for the sixth EVM and another ballot box. The different versions given by the administration and the police has further compounded the confusion and raised serious doubts about the fairness of the poll process.
The ADC claimed that the miscreants snatched the EVMs as they knew that there candidate was losing and after Rajbir Singh was declared elected as the sarpanch by a margin of 169 votes, the matter ended, he asserted.
The administration has no explanation as to why the results were not declared immediately after the counting was completed and the miscreants were afforded time to vitiate the poll process.