Leaders of 23 opposition parties petitioned the Election Commission, last evening, and demanded that 50 per cent of EVM results should be cross-checked with voter verifiable paper audit trails (VVPATs), before declaring final Lok Sabha election results.
Them met Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, seeking redressal of the issue of alleged tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs) before Lok Sabha polls. The leaders told the Election Commission the people of the country doubted the efficacy of EVMs and this issue needs to be redressed.
Signed by Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar among others, leaders of the opposition parties handed over a memorandum to the EC, also seeking redressal on the issue of tampering.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ahmed Patel, Anand Sharma (Congress), Chandrababu Naidu (TDP), Majid Menon (NCP), Derek O’Brien(AITC), Prof Ramgopal Yadav (SP), Satish Chandra Misra (BSP), Mohd Salim, TK Rangarajan (CPI-M), Manoj Jha (RJD), Sanjay Singh (AAP), D Raja (CPI), Danish Ali (JD-S), NK Premchandran (RSP), Badrudin Ajmal(AIUDF), KG Kenye (NPF) are some of the leaders who went to the Election Commission.
The opposition parties cited “suspicious activities” concerning the EVMs during the November-December Assembly polls to five states. The leaders told the Election Commission the people of the country doubted the efficacy of the EVMs and this issue needs to be redressed.
Talking to the media, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said we apprised EC about the shortcoming of the EVM. “We have experienced in last three four years that you press any button,vote goes to the BJP. Poll officials could not give satisfactory answer as to why do this happen….since we do not have much time before next general election we could not demand ballot paper for the voting but we have demanded for maximum transparency in the EVM,” he said.