As voting begins for the first phase in West Bengal, ruling Trinamool Congress—eying for a third term—alleges irregularities in EVM machines and disputes voter turnout figures. Voting began for 30 constituencies out of 294 assembly seats in the morning.
A letter was forwarded by MP Derek O’Brien to the Election Commission and a party delegation met the poll panel in the afternoon.
The Trinamool Congress tweeted from their official handle sharing voting turnout figures from East Medinipur district and asked: “What is happening @ECISVEEP?! Could you explain how voting percentage drastically reduced to half within a gap of just 5 minutes?! Shocking! @CEOWestBengal, please look into this urgently!”
The Trinamool Congress is also severely aggrieved at the malfunction of EVM machines. In another tweet, the party said: Shocking claim by voters which must be immediately looked into by @ECISVEEP and @CEOWestBengal. Many voters in Kanthi Dakshin assembly seat allege that they voted for TMC but VVPAT showed them the BJP symbol. THIS IS SERIOUS! THIS IS UNPARDONABLE!”
Trinamool leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay who met the Chief Electoral Officer addressed the media and said that some concerns were shared. “The BJP had submitted a memorandum requesting to change the system of appointing booth agents wherein he must be a voter of the concerned booth and allow anybody at any booth.”
“The new system is not acceptable to us. We demand that from the next phase the polling agent must be local of the concerned polling booth. CEO has assured us to look into the matter.”
Along with Bengal, Assam also went for the first phase of the election since the morning of March 27.