Kolkata: 03 Jun :- After the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the Election Commission has made a big statement on the demand for elections to be held on EVMs and ballot paper. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Om Prakash Rawat said that EVM is being made a goat because machines can not speak ‘and political parties need to be held accountable for their defeat.
He said that the Commission had declared in the all-party meeting on July last that all elections will be forwarded using EVMs with the Voter Variable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines. “VVPAT will also be used with EVMs to increase transparency and credibility in the voting process,” he said. Rawat said, “Through the political parties, EVMs are easily made scapegoat because they can not speak and political parties need something or something to break their defeat.”
During the recent Karaana and Palghar bypaws, opposition parties had complained about the mass disturbances in the EVM and questioned the credibility of the Election Commission. During the Gujarat assembly elections, Congress had complained about EVM hacking. After the first UP assembly elections against EVM, the BSP had raised the voice. Since then the SP, Aam Aadmi Party, RJD, TMC, Vamdal and NCP have been vocal against the EVMs. The parties are demanding re-election from the ballet paper.