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Bombay Parsi Punchayet polls: Members want VVPAT machines to prevent rigging

An fficial added BPP’s Board of Trustees were equivocal about elections be monitored and will soon get an approval from the court

mumbai Updated: Jun 13, 2018 13:17 IST
Yesha Kotak
Yesha Kotak
Hindustan Times
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More than 25,000 voters, mostly from Mumbai, are eligible to vote during elections for the 300-year-old trust — one of the biggest landlords in the city. (Pic for representation/AP)

As the election for Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) nears, a few of the existing board members have demanded an ‘advanced voting machine’. They justified their demand by citing vulnerability of the existing Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) to rigging. BPP elections have been scheduled for July 1.

“In 2015, there were allegations that EVMs could be rigged. This was the reason why people moved court and the elections were held under the supervision of a court-appointed election officer. As a result, elections went smoothly,” said a BPP official.

Official added BPP’s Board of Trustees were equivocal about elections be monitored and will soon get an approval from the court.

“Just like Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines were used for state-level elections, two members of the board are demanding that similar machines be used for upcoming elections. This is being done to assure that polls are contested fairly,” he added.

More than 25,000 voters, mostly from Mumbai, are eligible to vote during elections for the 300-year-old trust — one of the biggest landlords in the city.

The demand comes at a time when opposition parties have demanded VVPAT machines for elections, stating that EVMs can be tampered with. Following which state elections, such as that in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Goa, among other states took place through VVPAT.

Candidates contesting the BPP election include Anahita Desai, Ratan Patel, Kersi Sethna, Eric Dhatigara and Xerxes Dastur. The BPP has seven trustee and the election is to fill the seat vacated by Munchi Cama, a member of the family that runs Asia’s oldest paper Mumbai Samachar, whose term ends this month.

First Published: Jun 13, 2018 13:16 IST