Assam, May 02: One reserved unused electronic voting machine (EVM) was found inside a trunk at the counting centre in Hailakandi, Assam on Saturday evening, official sources said.

On being detected, district election officer, Megh Nidhi Dahal along with returning officers, rushed to the spot and conducted an inquiry. The contesting candidates too reached the spot.

On being investigated, it was found that the unused electronic voting machine inside the trunk that found its way inadvertently to the counting venue was a reserved one and, there were no votes polled therein.

It was opened before the contesting candidates who were satisfied with the results. The reserved electronic voting machine was taken immediately to the electronic voting machine warehouse adjacent to the Deputy Commissioner’s premises and stored there.

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“The reserved EVM was found in one of the trunks that were brought to the counting centre for keeping the polled EVMs after counting,” Dahal said.

“The contesting candidates were satisfied that the EVM was a reserved EVM and no votes were polled therein. The machine was later taken to the EVM warehouse and kept under safe custody,” he added.