Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Civic polls: Glitch in voting machine not sabotage, says Inquiry Commission

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The investigation team that investigated the reason for glitches found in voting machines during civic polls has found out that the reason for the faults was not sabotage.

The three-member commission said the reason for the fault was purely technical. “As there was some excess dampness on circuit boards, they became non-functional,” the Commission said in its report.

In Malappuram alone, 250 voting machines became faulty while in Thrissur, the number was above 30. Though replacements were made available, they also didn’t function. Following this, voting in 114 booths was postponed to the next day.

The commission has also refuted the allegation that attempts were made to sabotage the voting process by pouring gum into machines, sellotaping buttons and screwing paper bits into the machines.

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