Old video shared as vote rigging in ongoing West Bengal elections

A video of a woman rigging votes was shared by BJP member Keya Ghosh with the claim that the incident took place during the ongoing elections in West Bengal. The video shows a woman holding voters’ hands and pressing EVM buttons.

Several people have posted the video on Twitter and said they received it on WhatsApp.

Alt News also received multiple requests to verify the video on our helpline number +917600011160 or on our mobile application (Android, iOS). A few people have asked if the video is from poll-bound Assam.

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The video has also been shared without any claims about the location.

National convenor and in charge of social media training at Indian Youth Congress Deepak Khatri shared the video while tagging the Election Commission.

Old video

The video is not from the recent assembly elections. It is at least two years old and was previously viral in May 2019 around the time of the general elections.

Hindustan Times political editor Vinod Sharma had posted the video on May 15, 2019.

News Central 24×7 had reported on the viral video but couldn’t ascertain where the incident took place. However, similar incidents of booth capturing were reported by Alt News in 2019. (1 and 2)

A 30-second clip at least from 2019 shows a woman rigging votes. It has been falsely linked to the ongoing West Bengal assembly polls.

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