The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has deployed a vigilance team of over 20 volunteers who will be holding a tight vigil in shifts to monitor the “strong rooms” where the “Electronic Voting Machines” (EVM) are kept post election.
The volunteers have been deployed in South Delhi’s centers such as Jijabai Industrial Training Institute for Women, August Kranti Marg, Siri Fort. Votes will be counted at these centers for Mehrauli, Chattarpur, Devli, Ambedkar Nagar, Sangam Vihar, Kalkaji, Tuglakabad, Bijwasan, Palam and Badarpur assembly segments, said AAP South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha.
“For any elections, the counting process is a very sensitive and important part of the electoral process. In our endeavour to act as custodians of democracy and to ensure free and fair elections, the AAP has deployed highly skilled volunteers and deployed them outside of Jijabai School,” he said, adding that they will be closely watching the CCTV footage of the strong room to ensure no malpractices take place within the inner perimeter of the school.
He said that they will be making periodic inspections to verify the strong room security and will continue to stay on sight until counting is done.
“I congratulate the election commission on successful completion of polling in Delhi and look forward to a favourable result on May 23. In keeping with the spirit of democracy, a vigilance team of AAP volunteers has been deployed to ensure that other political parties are not able to engage in electoral malpractices. They have been especially trained to identify any signs of deviation from said process.” He said.
He said, “We wish to ensure that integrity of the machines and the safety and security of the EVM machines is not compromised at any point in time.”
The Congress on Tuesday had expressed concern over the way EVMs were transported to strong room in Nand Nagari in the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency after voting on Sunday evening.
The party alleged that vehicles carrying EVMs were off-loaded on the road around 200 metres away from the strong room.
Voting for seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi ended on 7 PM on Sunday. Delhi recorded a voting percentage of 60.34 per cent, five percentage points less than the 2014 Lok Sabha poll.