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Voting through EVM reveals voters' identity, says PIL

india Updated: Aug 27, 2009 20:32 IST
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A PIL has demanded that election commission should not reveal voting figures of individual Electronic Voting Machines, as it violates principle of secret ballot.

Varsha Deshpande, a Satara-based lawyer, has filed the petition. Her lawyer advocate Uday Warunjikar on Thursday argued that prior to EVMs, ballot boxes from all voting booths would be first collected, and ballot papers would be mixed, to make it impossible to know whether a candidate has been favoured or not by a particular locality.

But in the current system, vote break-up of each EVM is disclosed, and a candidate can easily find out which locality has not voted well for him, Warunjikar said.

This may lead to vengeful targeting of the locality by ruling politicians, he said.

The petition is accompanied by reports published by a Marathi daily in which voting patterns of each polling stations within Satara constituency were given after recent Lok Sabha elections.

Warunjikar demanded that figures from individual EVMs should not be disclosed by the election commission.

Court has adjourned the hearing for two weeks, asking petitioner to serve notice on Election Commission.