SKM casts doubt on election process, seeks clarification from CEO

April 13, 2019

Gangtok, 12 Apr:

Sikkim Krantikari Morcha’s Complaint Committee has written to the Chief Electoral Officer, Sikkim seeking clarifications on doubts surrounding the conduct of free and fair election in the State. The party has alleged that unused EVMs were being moved around in suspicious manner.

Further, SKM has sought clarification on “speculations going around in the State of Sikkim with regard to replacing of EVMs used in poll with the pre-programmed, tampered machines as well as with regard to EVMs being stored at places other than the specified Strong Rooms”.

In the complaint letter, the party has asked the CEO to issue a public declaration “with reasoned and detailed graphic explanation of the machines used, reserved and unused”.

SKM has asked for a list of all machines with their numbers that have been utilised in the polling at respective booths, list of all machines that were commissioned but kept reserved for the polling day, list of unused non-commissioned machines which were moved from various locations on the polling day, and the route map of all utilised EVMs as per their GPS movement tracks and the vehicle details in which these machines were sent to the Strong Rooms of the respective districts by the polling party. The party has also requested for a list of all postal ballots cast booth-wise and constituency-wise.

The letter states that the party reported these incidents to the General Observers appointed for the sole parliamentary constituency and to the general observers of the East District on the night of 11 April and in the morning of 12 April but has not received any clarification from them.

Copies of the complaint letter have also been submitted to the Election Commission of India and the Chief Secretary, Government of Sikkim.

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