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Congress demands candidates’ access to CCTV vigil on strong rooms

GUWAHATI: The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has moved the Assam chief electoral officer Nitin Khare for access or link of the CCTV surveillance of strong rooms to the contesting candidates of respective constituencies in the Assam assembly elections

In the latter, APCC president Ripun Bora said: “Considering several unwanted incidents already reported in connection with EVMs in several places of the place during different election phases, it has now become very much essential to ensure protection of the EVMs from rigging. 24X7 strong room agents’ surveillance facilities must be there and providing access to the CCTV surveillance will definitely ensure holding of the election in a fair and impartial manner.”

Bora also demanded an Election Commission clarification on the use of Patharkandi BJP MLA’s vehicle to carry EVM machines and questioned why he has not been arrested. “The Election Commission must provide clarification on incidents related to EVM malfunction and recovery in unexpected places,” he added.

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Referring to several untoward incidents on the day of voting in Barkehtri, Jalukbari, Gauhati East and Gauhati West yesterday, Bora asked for proper action against the guilty. He also alleged that Gauhati East BJP candidate Siddhartha Bhattacharya was found to have misbehaved with a police officer and demanded legal action against him.

Thanking all concern in a post-poll press conference here today, the Rajya Sabha member also took a dig at the incumbent government’s attitude in the arrest of social activist Sikha Sarma. Bora said the arrest of Sarma is a legal matter and law would take its own course.

He, however, strongly condemned the hate speech and rape threats against her on social media and demanded that the government should also take action against those who have posted such messages on social media.

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