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Candidates who lost in polls allege hacking of EVMs; stage protest

Mysuru, May 17:- Few of the candidates from Mysuru who lost in the Karnataka Assembly polls held on May 12 have alleged that they lost the elections as a group had hacked Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) which helped the opponent candidates to win the elections.

Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) candidate from Narasimharaja Constiteuncy Abdul Majeed and Congress candidate from Krishnaraja Constituency M K Somashekar who lost in the polls suspect that EVMs were allegedly hacked.

Earlier to this, an high drama was witnessed in front of Narasimharaja Police Station here on Wednesday late night when the defeated candidates brought a group of people to the police station and urged the police to arrest them as they had allegedly hacked EVMs in the Assembly polls.

The unsuccessful candidates alleged that these guys had approached them prior to the elections offering to hack EVMs for them but the candidates ignored them without accepting their offers. The election losers got suspicious after the poll results were announced and are now suspecting that the group had worked for the opponents.

Sources said that a person was arrested in Jayalakshmipuram Police Station limits by City Police and an investigation was taking place.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police Dr A Subramanyeshwarai Rao confirmed to media persons that no case were registered and no one has been arrested.

The candidates who were defeated have also written a letter to the District Election Officer urging for a probe into the alleged hacking of EVMs.

Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar who is also the DEO has said that it was impossible to hack EVMs and VVPats.

“The allegations are unfounded. The Election Commission and the district administration are very clear about this aspect,” he added.-KK

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