Duel over EVMs’ reliability

The issue of faulty electronic voting machines (EVM) was raised time and again at a conference on electoral reforms with Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat urging political leaders to read the status paper on EVMs before making unsubstantiated claims.

Rawat, who was in the audience, intervened after Congress spokesperson Brijesh Kalappa alleged that all faulty EVMs had a common character of delivering vote to “one particular party.” Sparks flew as several members in the audience stood up and objected to Kalappas move to “politicise the matter.” Kalappa in turn asked the audience to join the debate on the stage or “sit quietly and listen.

The issue of faulty EVMs is related to electoral reforms. Many developed countries have returned to ballot paper. Here, when faulty EVMs strangely give vote to only one party, we have to think of better measures,” he said.

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