Opposition parties made a massive show of strength in Kolkata ahead of the upcoming national election. During the event, the former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, demanded the return of the ballot paper system for a fair election. The former minister shared that no country other than India uses this electronic voting machine (EVM).
A report says that Farooq Abdullah while addressing the crowd during the event noted that Electronic Voting Machine is a chor(Thief) machine. “We should meet the president and the Election Commission of India to request for the prohibition of EVMs,” Abdullah said in the “United India Rally” which was held at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground and was organised by the Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee.
There have been reports that almost all opposition parties have insisted on the paper ballots process for the next Lok Sabha elections saying that EVMs can be altered. After the massive BJP victories in the assembly election, there were reports that the BJP won the election by tempering the EVM Machine. Following the 2017 elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati insisted for the paper ballots process of voting, reports added.
Sunil Arora, the Chief Election Commissioner, said that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have no fault in them, so there is no chance of any partiality. The losing parties always blame machine after losing the elections, said Sunil while interacting with the reporters. The former Chief Election Commissioner also said the same thing that when parties lose elections, they always blame the EVMs.
Besides this, the Election Commission refused the idea of bringing back ballot boxes saying it’s of no use, and voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) units will clear all such doubts.