New Delhi: The CPI(M) on Tuesday asked the
Election Commission to hold a meeting of all parties and
technical experts to clear doubts and allay apprehensions
about the use of electronic voting machines.
"In the recent period, a number of questions have been
raised about the reliability of the EVMs in polling process.
Amongst the concerns are the possibility of tampering with the
programme chip embedded in the EVMs and further the lack of
any verifiable record of the vote cast by a voter," party
General Secretary Prakash Karat said in a letter to Chief
Election Commissioner Navin Chawla.
He said there were some countries, having the requisite
technological know-how, that had stopped the use of EVMs or
prescribed conditions for their use.
"It is important that all doubts about the use of the
EVMs for voting are removed, so that people`s faith in the
democratic system is not affected," Karat said.
Asking the Election Commission to take steps "to clear
all doubts and allay apprehensions," he urged the CEC to
convene "an all-party meeting along with technical experts to
discuss in depth the issue of use of EVMs in the electoral