New Delhi: Just ahead of the Election Commission’s all-party meeting, the Congress has written to the poll body that ballot papers be used in the next Lok Sabha elections, said sources on Monday. It must be noted that one of the issues to be discussed at the all-party meeting would be the vulnerability of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). As per reports, several political parties are likely to raise the issue of the alleged tampering of the EVMs.
The EC is also likely to update all the parties on the usage of paper trail machines that it had promised last year. As many as 17 Opposition parties have demanded the use of ballot paper and not EVMs in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
The issue of turning to the ballot paper instead of the EVMs has raised its head time and again. Opposition parties have alleged, over time, that the BJP could tamper EVMs so the EC should bring back the system of voting through ballot papers. Earlier this month, reports had suggested that 17 Opposition parties, including the Trinamool Congress, were planning to approach the Election Commission demanding that ballot papers be used to conduct the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. “This is a matter on which all opposition parties agreed. We are planning to meet next week. We plan to go to Election Commission and demand that the EC conduct the coming Lok Sabha elections using ballot papers,” said TMC leader Derek O’ Brien.
On its part, the EC had earlier ruled out bringing the ballot paper back in the election process. Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat had said the electronic voting machines (EVMs) were being made a “scapegoat” as the machines couldn’t speak in their defence and political parties needed to blame someone or something for their defeat. “Political parties add fuel to this fire because they do not want to accept this. They do not want to introspect and this (EVM) is the easiest scapegoat. It cannot speak,” he said and claimed that India’s conduct of free and fair elections is admired across the world.
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