Congress has told the Election Commission that there is a “whisper in the public domain” that the electronic voting machines which were used in the Uttar Pradesh elections have been sent for the Gujarat polls.
Congress has told the Election Commission that there is a “whisper in the public domain” that the electronic voting machines which were used in the Uttar Pradesh elections have been sent for the Gujarat polls. Further, the party has told the commission to come up with steps to ensure free and fair election process, Indian Express reports. This precautionary steps also includes barring officers facing disciplinary proceedings or inquiries from being posted in any districts after the election notification is issued.
Congress conveyed its party concerns regarding the EVMs on Friday where a delegation of leaders headed by Ahmed Patel and Madhusudan Mistry met the Election Commission. They asked the panel to clarify whether VVPAT machines would be used in all Assembly segments in Gujarat. They also demanded CCTV cameras to be installed in all the polling booths to record movements of people around the voting premises. “We request the Election Commission to immediately issue appropriate instructions, directions to ensure that free and fair elections are conducted with the help of VVPAT machines, so as to ensure that the liberty of voters is protected by enabling them to effectively and freely cast their votes during Gujarat Assembly election 2017,” the memorandum submitted by the Congress leaders to the EC said.
Congress further asked EC to issue advertisements to inform people about the “right of the voter to object to the wrong recording of vote or wrong printing or any kind of manipulation or tampering with the VVPAT”. It has demanded that the paper trail and the video recording should be preserved for 120 days. It argued that the impression on the paper trail does not last for more than 20 days and therefore asked the poll panel to use better quality printers in order to avoid manipulation or vulnerability. Assembly polls are scheduled to be held in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh later this year.