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Election Commission of India says this on EVM related complaints in Madhya Pradesh

It was this power cut that resulted in a blackout that provoked accusations of tampering from opposition parties.

Amid the uproar over the EVMs and how they are being conveyed to strong rooms, the Election Commission has admitted that CCTV cameras installed at a Bhopal strongroom where electronic voting machines (EVMs) were stored did not function for over an hour.

The reason being cited is an unprecedented power cut.

It was this power cut that resulted in a blackout that provoked accusations of tampering from opposition parties.

The top election panel also added that action has been taken against an official who allegedly delayed the handover of EVMs in Sagar by nearly two days.

The EVMs should have arrived in the strong rooms soon after the completion of the polls on November 28.

“A report obtained from the Bhopal Collector states that CCTV cameras and an LED display installed outside the strongroom did not function from 8.19 am to 9.35 am on 30.11.2018 due to failure of electricity supply.

Because of this, recording could not be done during the given time period. An additional LED screen, an inverter and a generator have been installed in order to ensure continuous electricity supply,” a statement released by the poll body.

A Congress delegation had met the Election Commission earlier in the day to raise its concerns over the security of EVMs across Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

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