The ongoing row on Election Commission regarding the credibility of EVM machines is raising political heat in Andhra Pradesh. As the raising several doubts on poll management more than 200 slips from Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips were found in Zilla Parishad school in Atmakur town of Nellore district on Monday, some students found VVPAT slips in a corner of the school premises in open covers.
Students immediately brought it to the notice of the teachers, who alerted the local media and also informed the Nellore Collector Mutyala Raju after that the news went viral.
The Collector who made preliminary enquiries told the media that the slips from VVPAT machines could have belonged to mock-polling conducted for the polling staff much before polling on April 11.
Revenue Divisional Officer Chinna Ramudu and his staff went to the school and destroyed all the slips stating that they were used for the polling staff while conducting the test run of the EVMs. As per the protocol, mock-polling VVPAT slips should be destroyed immediately but due to the negligence of the staff, some slips were left over in the school, he said.
Telugu Desam Party Cheif Supremo and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu was demanding to count of slips from at least 50 per cent of VVPAT machines and fighting in Delhi with some several national leaders on the credibility of EVM machines.