Unmindful of the demand from some opposition parties against using Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Thursday ruled out any possibility of succumbing to pressure to return to the era of ballot papers.
“Election Commission of India will not be bullied or intimidated into giving up the machines and going back to the era of ballot boxes,” the CEC said.
He added that however he, as a chief of the commission, would like to make it clear that it is a part of entire ECI, it is the past of ECI and will be in the future. We are not going back to the era of ballot boxes.
The CEC made the remarks at an international conference in New Delhi based on ‘Making our election inclusive and Accessible.’ Significant is that Friday, January 24 will mark the National Voters Day. Just before the day CEC’s remarks on the issue is valuable, saying experts.
The CEC, however, welcomed any sort of ”criticism from our stake holders”.
“As political parties are biggest stake holders of us. But at the same time we are bot going to be intimidated or bullied or pressurised into giving up these.”
Recently a self proclaimed cyber expert claimed that 2014 General Election was scientifically rigged as EVMs were hacked.
Also Read: EC clears air on hacking, files FIR against Syed Shuja
To counter the claims EC seeks legal action from Delhi Police and urged them to filed a FIR against his claims. Just after some day of that CEC made it clear that next general election will be held by EVMs’.