Bhopal: Congress to launch campaign against EVM functioning

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Feb 09, 2015 22:30 IST

Raising suspicion over the proper functioning of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), Congress leader and chief organiser of the MP Congress Sevadal Yogesh Yadav said on Monday that the Election Commission (EC) should make public the working of the voting machines.

Addressing a press conference, Yadav said it was necessary to allay doubts that the EVMs can be manipulated and the election results can be tampered with by computer experts.

“In the United States, EVMs are not used. Many other countries in the West have also banned it but in India, these machines are still being used,” he said.

Yadav said the EC should allow IIT engineers to examine the machines in presence of its (EC) engineers to dispel the fears about tampering.

“In today’s era, the voting machines can be manipulated even from a distance by remote-controlled devices, if a chip is attached to the machine,” he added.

“We have come to know that there can be different ways, including a programming that can be done in advance, to manipulate the machines,” he said. Yadav also displayed a video obtained from a foreign country to show how the machines can be manipulated.

He said a campaign will be launched on the issue.

“There is no benefit in use of EVMs. Earlier, it took days for results to come. These days too, many days after voting, the EC fixes counting dates. Why should it take three/four days for counting that can be done within an hour of polling with the EVMs?” he added.

“I had written to the EC on the issue earlier too. I am now compiling the facts about EVMs’ use across the world and the possibility of manipulating them. I will remind the EC about my demand again. If they don’t reply, I will go to Delhi and sit on a fast outside the EC office on March 10,” he further said.

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