Amid reports on news and social media
that a malfunctioning EVM at the South Goa Lok Sabha
constituency had cast erroneously 17 votes for the BJP during a mock poll on April 23, Goa's Chief Electoral Officer Kunal on Friday clarified that the 17 unaccounted votes had, in fact, been credited to the Congress.
In a statement issued on Friday, after reports about the faulty EVM
crediting BJP with unaccounted votes went viral on social media, Kunal
said that the rumours in circulation were "false, malicious and motivated".
"It is clarified that the allegation of 17 votes being cast for BJP candidate during the first mock-poll with the defective machine
is completely false, misleading and factually incorrect. In fact, during the said mock-poll, 17 votes were recorded in favour of the Indian National Congress' Cosme Francisco Caitano Sardinha," Kunal