India electoral officials deny ‘vote fraud’


India’s opposition parties are meeting the election watchdog today to demand more transparency in counting of votes on Thursday, May 23.

Opposition leaders said the Electoral Commission had to ensure that there was no possibility of anybody manipulating the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) which were used to record votes in the general election that concluded on Sunday.

In Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur constituency, a candidate belonging to the opposition Bahujan Samaj Party held a protest outside a room where the machines have been stored ahead of the counting.

The candidate alleged that attempts were being made to take out the machines from the storage room, however, local officials have said the allegations are baseless.

In Chandauli constituency, supporters of Samajwadi Party have circulated a mobile phone clip, alleging that some machines were being brought to the counting station on Monday, a day after the election.

Local officials have said the machines shown in the video are reserve machines which had been brought from another part of the constituency because of logistical reasons.