Despite Frauds, India to Persist with Electronic Voting Machines

Achal Kumar Joti taking charge as the Chief Election Commissioner of India (CEC), in New Delhi on July 06, 2017
Achal Kumar Joti taking charge as the Chief Election Commissioner of India (CEC), in New Delhi on July 06, 2017

Only those politicians and political parties will win future elections in India who know the art of stealing voter databases and hacking Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). ~ Rakesh Raman

The Chief Election Commissioner of India A. K. Joti said Friday that the Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to conduct all future elections using Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) along with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

The Commission has taken this decision despite the fact that the major political parties have repeatedly complained about the vulnerability of EVMs.

It is largely believed that when EVMs malfunction, they vote only in favor of Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s BJP which runs with Lotus election symbol, although BJP has repeatedly dismissed opposition parties’ apprehensions about the EVMs.

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Joti was speaking at a two day Chief Electoral Officers’ Conference of all States and Union Territories commenced in New Delhi on Friday.

He stressed the need of providing E-services to stakeholders and emphasised the requirement to develop E-Payment gateways for various election services of ECI.

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Presentations on critical issues such as EVMs & VVPATs, Electoral Registration Officers’ Net, Electoral Roll, Systematic Voter Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP), Expenditure Monitoring, Social Media, and Paid News were made during the Conference.

The event is being organised by the ECI at New Delhi on 18th and 19th August, 2017 to review the performance as well as to explore new initiatives and improve election management and voter experience.

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