Published On: Sat, Jun 2nd, 2018

Ballot Paper Voting Will Not Return Back: Chief Election Commissioner

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Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat said Saturday there will be no return of ballot papers in the election system and for political parties the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) is like a scapegoat to blame for their defeat.

Ballot Paper Voting Will Not Return Back- Chief Election Commissioner

Addressing on the occassion of an interactive session on ‘Electoral Integrity and the Role of Money in Elections’ the CEC added the malfunction of EVMs was due to lack of training among polling personnel.

The event was organized by the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) in Kolkata.

He mentioned just one minute of training and the personnel becomes busy with their mobiles and this is the reason they lost the critical part and either connect the machine wrongly or start wrongly. As an aftermath the EVMs malfunction.

Rawat said, “In July 2017, the EC had promised in an all-party meeting that elections will henceforth be conducted with EVMs coupled with VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail) machines.”

About holding the Lok Sabha as well as State Assemblies elections simultaneously he said the recommendation was brought in 2015 and changes in the Constitutional provisions and laws are required.

He denied about advancing the 2019 Lok Sabha elections based on any alleged communication from the Centre.

The CEC also mentioned about 1,000 political parties have been de-listed for being inactive for past several years.

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