21 Dec 2023

INDIA opposition bloc proposed this solution to end doubts over functioning of EVMs

The 'INDIA' opposition bloc at its recently held fourth meeting in New Delhi expressed reservations about the reliability of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and proposed a solution during its  meeting. 

Leaders from 28 opposition parties suggested that instead of VVPAT slips being deposited directly into the box, they should be handed to voters, who would then place them in a separate ballot box after verifying their choices. The opposition alliance, in a unanimously adopted resolution, emphasized that 100% counting of VVPAT slips should be conducted later.

Despite submitting a detailed memorandum with specific questions about the design and operation of EVMs to the Election Commission, the opposition claimed that the poll body has not yet addressed their concerns. The resolution highlighted the reluctance of the Election Commission to meet with an 'INDIA' delegation regarding the submitted memorandum.

The opposition reiterated concerns about the integrity of EVMs, citing doubts raised by experts and professionals. The proposed change, according to the resolution, aims to restore public confidence in the electoral process, ensuring free and fair elections. 

Opposition leaders discussed the EVM issue in light of recent BJP victories in state assembly elections, emphasizing the need for a unified stance by the entire opposition coalition. The Election Commission currently mandates the verification of printed VVPAT slips from five randomly selected polling stations before declaring results in elections to the Lok Sabha.

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