Jalandhar: Blatant violations of Election Commission of India (ECI) directives came to the fore, after voters were found taking mobile phones inside the polling booth and clicking selfies and pictures of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs) while casting vote.
Not only the voters clicked selfies, they also shared it on social media platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp. Interestingly, many party workers had also put up pictures of the EVMs, showing the name and party symbol to voters.
Among such violators were the first time voters, who clicked selfies while casting votes. Interestingly, election officials on duty and the para-military force deployed at the polling booth were asking the voters not to carry mobile phones or other such electronic gadgets along.
As polling started, social media was abuzz with pictures of such voters, who managed to take their mobile phone along. Voters also shared information on Facebook that how they voted for a particular candidate from a constituency, hence influencing the voters.
Notably such violators included party workers, who left no stone unturned in ensuring support in favour of a particular candidate in the area. “We noticed some such selfies and pictures of EVMs on social media and informed the election officials on duty but by that time it was too late”, said a group of voters from Jalandhar Cantonment.
The voters maintained that this showed laxity on the part of the election officials, who failed to maintain the secrecy of ballot and the EVMs in the assembly elections.