New Delhi: As Maharashtra gears up for voting on Monday, the National Congress Party (NCP) has requested the Election Commission to suspend the internet services within three kilometres radius of every polling booth and strong room from October 21 to October 24.
The NCP, in its letter, claimed that the people are suspicious that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter-verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) can be hacked and their votes ‘can go to some other candidate’ whom they do not wish to vote for.
“The hacking is possible and can be done by professional hackers,” the party said in the letter urging the EC to suspend the internet.
Maharashtra will go to polls on October 21 and the counting of the votes will be conducted on October 24. The 'Mahayuti' alliance of BJP, Shiv Sena and smaller parties is pitted against the 'Maha-agadhi' led by the Congress and the NCP, a total of 8,98,39,600 people, including 4,28,43,635 women, are eligible to vote.
As many as 3,237 candidates, including 235 women, are contesting in 288 seats and 96,661 polling booths are in place with 6.5 lakh staff for the voting exercise.
The Congress has fielded 147 candidates and the ally NCP 121. The BJP, which is seeking a second straight term under Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Maharashtra, is contesting 164 seats, which include candidates of smaller allies contesting on its lotus symbol, while Sena has fielded candidates on 126 seats.(With PTI inputs)