Many on social media, including former election commissioner SY Quraishi, questioned the alleged lapse. They expressed fears that in the absence of proper security arrangements the counting process could be manipulated.

The poll panel, though, dismissed these claims stating the EVMs that were used to register votes were all under 24-hour security.

However, without questioning the authenticity of the said videos, it claimed the machines they featured were “reserve” EVMs, usually meant to replace malfunctioning ones.

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