India's Election Commission rejects ballot tampering claims

India's Election Commission rejects ballot tampering claims
Leaders of various opposition parties sit together before their scheduled meeting with the Election Commission of India (ECI) in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The meeting is being held to demand the tallying of all voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) and electronic voting machines (EVM) in a constituency where any discrepancy should arise during the counting of votes on Thursday. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Election Commission has rejected opposition fears of possible tampering of electronic voting machines ahead of Thursday’s vote-counting to determine the outcome of the country’s mammoth national elections.

Authorities on Wednesday tightened security at counting centers where the electronic voting machines have been kept in strong rooms across the country. Most results are expected to be known on Thursday.

The Congress and other opposition parties have been stunned by exit poll projections by mainstream television channels of a massive victory for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies.

They alleged that an attempt was being made to tamper with the verdict in favor of the BJP by replacing the electronic voting machines in some areas.

The Election Commission rejected the allegations in a statement Tuesday.