The Election Commission of India (ECI), on Thursday, dismissed media reports claiming 20 lakh of voting machines have gone missing in a span of 25 years. The EC said that the reports were inaccurate and based on specious misinterpretation. In response to the media reports that stated 20 lakh EVMs were missing, the EC refuted the claims made and issued a letter to the media sources.
The EC has already issued a letter to ‘Frontline’ magazine and ‘TV9 Bharatvarsh’, who claimed the missing of EVMs. ECI spokesperson Sheyphali B. Sharan has issued a clarification that both Frontline and TV9 Bharatvarsh had been informed of the details in their “misleading” stories. “Editor Frontline has acknowledged that due rejoinder shall be published. TV9channel has deleted the story from their telecast,” she added.
“It is noticed that this news story has selectively quoted some information obtained by an individual through RTI application from multiple public authorities and a PIL filed in the Bombay High Court,” Sharan said in a letter to Frontline and television channel TV9 Bharatvarsh. “This news story carried only partial and one-sided information, which is inaccurate and based on a specious misinterpretation of the facts in the matter, thereby creating unwarranted doubts in the minds of the general public”, she added.
Earlier this week, the Supreme Court refused to entertain a review plea by 21 opposition parties to increase the mandatory tallying of 50% VVPAT machines with that of EVMs on the day of the counting.