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EC should consider paper ballots instead of EVMs: Congress

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Source: UttarPadesh.org

The Congress party on Monday asked the Election Commission to introspect and explore possibility of shifting voting from EVMs to the alternative system of paper ballots.

The party also added that EC should not be an advocate for electronic voting machines (EVMs) and should conduct polls to the satisfaction of all stakeholders, The Indian Express reported.

“The Election Commission is at best the arbiter of the democratic process, it is not the controller of the democratic process,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters.

“Ultimately democracy is based on public trust and if there is a feeling of widespread distrust in the Electronic Voting Machines, the Election Commission rather than taking a succinct stand on it, should introspect,” he added.

The demand came in the light of the video of a Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) demonstration by a poll official in Madhya Pradesh where the machine attached to EVM allegedly dispensed only BJP slips.

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