EVMs Reach Storage 2 Days After MP Polls, Congress Alleges Tampering

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A controversy has broken out in Madhya Pradesh over the delay in Electronic Voting Machines or EVMs reaching the collection centre in Sagar on Friday, a full 48 hours after voting ended in the state elections on Wednesday.

The EVMs were kept at a police station in Khurai city in the district, where Madhya Pradesh home minister Bhupendra Singh is the BJP legislator. He is contesting against Congress’s Arunoday Chaubey.

The Congress has alleged that before being brought to the collection centre to be stored till counting day, the EVMs were taken to a hotel owned by Bhupendra Singh. Hundreds of agitated Congress workers on Friday protested outside the collection centre demanding an inquiry and action against officials involved. They allege it is the ruling BJP’s attempt to manipulate results.

“In Madhya Pradesh home minister’s area, EVMs were deposited using a bus without a registration plate, 48 hours after polling. Is this a conspiracy by the government to ensure a BJP win?” the Madhya Pradesh Congress tweeted.

The Chief Electoral Commissioner of Madhya Pradesh, however, said these EVMs were not used for voting, and were among the ones kept on standby to be used in case of a technical snag. Sources say there were 34 such EVMs.

“These are EVMs kept as ‘Reserve’ stationed at some Police stations, to be used as replacement for malfunctioning machines during Poll. Such machines were to be stored separately from polled EVMs. Strong room having Polled EVMs was neither opened nor was supposed to be opened,” the Chief Electoral Officer tweeted.

“Every EVM has a unique number code for it. The numbers of EVM used in polling have been shared with all political parties. The numbers of reserved EVM’s have been checked by political parties in sagar districts. Their numbers are different,” the Chief Electoral Officer also said.

EVMs are sealed and transported immediately to collection centres after polling ends.

Sources in the BJP say transporting the EVMs is the duty of the Election Commission and they have nothing to say on the controversy.

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The Congress in Madhya Pradesh is hoping to unseat the BJP, which has been in power for the last 15 years. The state recorded a voter turnout of over 74 per cent, higher than what it did in last elections in 2013. Results will be declared on December 11.

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Community members help family move after trees fall on home

One Bedford County family was forced to move after today’s storm damaged their home.

The Merie family woke up to early Thursday morning to heavy rain.

Lily, Hope and mom, Jenein were making breakfast. “We heard a giant sonic boom, I thought it was a bomb, honestly I thought it was a bomb that had gone off,” recalled Jenein Merie.

One tree landed above the kitchen.
The other, “Right outside my daughter’s window is where the biggest of the trees came down,” Merie said pointing out Lily’s window.

The trees left holes in the roof and rain pouring through the ceiling.

The trio was planning to move from their Forest next week.

They were getting ready to close on a new home in Bluefield, Va.

But the damage forced them to move sooner, and the family needed help. “Social media at it’s finest… People just saw the post and started showing up,” exclaimed Merie.

One by one, volunteers from all over the community came to help.

Including Jennifer Reynolds, who arrived first. “[I] Just rushed over here and got here and she needed a uHaul and I took up and got her a U-Haul, called up my church, Timberlake Methodist Church and they sent people and here we are, getting it done,” she said.

They spend the morning packing up bags and boxes to help a family in need.

An act of kindness that’s left this mom speechless. “…It’s just people being so kind, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude,” Merie said.

Everything has been moved out of the home into free storage units given by U-Haul.

For now, the three will be staying with family until the closing on their new home is finalized.

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