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Veerappa Moily Dismisses Demand to Bring Back Ballot Papers

Senior leader Veerappa Moily on Wednesday refused to back the demand made by opposition parties to the Election Commission to reintroduce ballot papers.


Updated:April 12, 2017, 11:23 AM IST

New Delhi: Senior leader Veerappa Moily on Wednesday refused to back the demand made by opposition parties to the Election Commission to reintroduce ballot papers.

"There needs to be a high power committee. There is no question of going back to the manual voting. Going back to the manual is no progress. We need to go forward,” Moily told reporters.

This comes as the Congress on Wednesday urged the Election Commission to review its stand on EVMs and try alternatives suggested to it to put to rest concerns raised by political parties that voting machines can be tampered with.

Congress leader P Chidambaram said all political parties including the BJP have at some point of time raised serious doubts on impenetrability of EVMs and his party has suggested various alternatives which the poll body should emulate.

"All political parties at some time or the other have serious doubts over the EVMs. Then you should look for alternative. The alternative does not exclude an EVM. It says EVMs plus VVPAT or EVM plus ballot. We are proposing several alternatives,” he said.

“I think the Election Commission should not reject it out of hand but must have the humility to accept the case of the political parties and re-examine its position," he added.

Chidambaram said as per the memorandum submitted by Opposition parties there is overwhelming evidence that EVMs can be tampered with and they are vulnerable to being manipulated.

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| Edited by: Puja Menon
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