Surprisingly, a Trinamool Congress leader has been suspended by the Election Commission after a Bengal election official who claims he slept overnight at his relative’s house with an electronic voting machine (EVM).
The election this morning said that EVMs and VVPATs (voter verifiable paper audit trail) will not be used in elections. The EVMs and VVPAT machines were taken to the TMC leader’s house, which was home to Tapan Sarkar, a deputation officer for Sector 17 of Howrah in AC 177 Uluberia North. The politicians are reportedly his relatives.
The Election Commission said that the government has been suspended and the reserved EVM machine has been removed from the election process.
Officials said charges would now be framed against the officer and others involved in the incident.
“This is a gross violation of the instructions of the Election Commission of India for which the sector officer has been suspended and charges will be framed for a major punishment. The Sector Police attached to the officer has also been directed to be suspended.