EVMs, VVPATs recovered from a hotel in Muzzafarpur in Bihar during fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections

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On May 7, 2019, during the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar, there was a frenetic mix of EVM and VVPAT machines that were allegedly recovered from a hotel close to the polling booth in Muzzafarpur constituency.

Sector magistrate of Avdesh Kumar was in charge of the six EVMs in Muzaffarpur which was kept as a backup option in case of any electoral malfunction in the polling booth.

The officer’s driver excused himself to cast his vote at a nearby polling booth when Advesh Kumar got down at a nearby hotel and carried with himself EVMs, VVPATs, and a control unit.

After the sub-divisional officer, Kundan Kumar was informed of the EVMs in the hotel, he captured them arriving at the spot.

Kundan Kumar claims that the recovery of EVMs and VVPATs from the hotel illegally is a matter of action against sector magistrate Advesh Kumar as he violated the rules formed by Election Commission due to his negligence. A show-cause notice has been issued to against custodian sector magistrate Advesh Kumar.

After reviewing the case district Magistrate of Muzaffarnagar Alok Ranjan Gosh said that some EVMs were reserved in the hotel so that they could be changed provided if there is any malfunction in the polling booths during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

After investigating Ghosh added that the placement of events in hotels was against the rule and the departmental investigation should be done.

The five Lok Sabha seats in the Bihar received a voter turnout of 58 percent. Muzaffarpur recorded the highest turnout of 61%, while the lowest was recorded 55.50 percent in the Madhubani Lok Sabha constituency. Besides, Sitamarhi parliamentary constituency recorded 56.90 percent, Saran recorded 58 percent, and Hajipur recorded 57.72 percent.

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