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Ensuring Foolproof Security of EVMs in Punjab, Says EC

All security measures are put in place to guard EVMs in nine assembly constituencies, the Election Commission said on Wednesday, as it dismissed the AAP's allegations that standard procedure was neglected while guarding the strong rooms where the polling machines are kept.

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Updated:February 8, 2017, 7:22 PM IST
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Ensuring Foolproof Security of EVMs in Punjab, Says EC
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Jalandhar: All security measures are put in place to guard EVMs in nine assembly constituencies, the Election Commission said on Wednesday, as it dismissed the AAP's allegations that standard procedure was neglected while guarding the strong rooms where the polling machines are kept.

"There is no negligence in the security of EVMs. I am more concerned about their safety and security as compared to anyone else. Foolproof security is being provided to EVMs," district Election Officer K K Yadav said.

The polling machines are being guarded in accordance with the laid down procedures of the Election Commission. There is no scope for negligence or dereliction of duty. Entry has been restricted in 500-metre area surrounding the strong rooms where the polling machines are kept, he said.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had demanded that the security of EVMs be enhanced, alleging that the standard procedure was being neglected while guarding the strong rooms.

Senior AAP leader and Advocate H S Phoolka had said, "the surveillance of EVMs in nine assembly constituencies here should be increased as the arrangements were inadequate".

The officer said, "The apprehensions raised by some political leaders have been resolved and, they have expressed satisfaction".

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| Edited by: Ananya Chakraborty
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