EVMs not tamper-proof, return to ballot paper system: RSS

Last Updated: Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 23:07

New Delhi: RSS has demanded re-introduction
of ballot paper system in elections, claiming that electronic
voting machines are not tamper-proof and ruling parties can
"misuse" them to get desired results in polls.

"Can`t EVMs be tampered with? Experts say that it
(tampering with) is possible, though Election Commission has
unnecessarily made it a matter of prestige," an editorial in
the recent issue of RSS mouthpiece `Organiser` said.

The Sangh said that if Election Commission believed that
EVMs cannot be tampered with, there was no reason for it to
feel troubled over conducting a test of the machine in public.

It said, "it is unfortunate that its expert P V Indiresan
has adopted an unscientific approach over the issue (of
testing of the machines) as if his views are the last word
about EVMs and so there was no necessity to review or improve
it."

The editorial claimed that voters across the world doubt
EVMs. Countries like Netherland, Italy, Germany and Ireland,
which initially adopted EVMs, have banned them because they
believe that these can "easily be rigged".

It alleged that ruling party can tamper with the EVMs
to achieve desired results in election.

Expressing his agreement with the Sang`s views on the
issue, BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said that EVMs have
been in use during elections for last ten years and time has
now come to ascertain its credibility.

Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi says that EVMs
are tamper proof and the machine has passed through rigorous
tests.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, September 5, 2010 - 23:07

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