Shillong, Apr 4 UNI | 4 months ago

The All India Congress Committee (AICC) have expressed their apprehension over the vulnerability of electronic voting machines (EVMs), and considered ballot paper the best in polling.

AICC general secretary, Luizinho Faleiro doubted the accuracy of the machine saying, personally, he considered ballot paper the best.

Mr Faleiro was pessimistic about the reliability of EVM after it was detected that when the button with the Congress symbol was pressed on one EVM, the vote went in favour of the BJP during a mock poll in Jorhat, Assam.

"Personally, I believe that ballot paper is the best," Mr Faleiro said adding that his party would discuss and take up the matter with the concerned authorities.

The Opposition parties in Meghalaya including the UDP and
NPP have demanded that voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) system should be used to ensure free and fair elections.
The NPP recently wrote to the Election Commission requesting it to use VVPAT for the Lok Sabha polls in Tura.

The NPP also requested the commission to implement at least 1,500 VVPAT for Tura, keeping in mind the prevailing law and order situation in the Garo Hills.

"We have submitted letters and documents to show how
grave the situation is, and if proper measures are not taken, there is a chance of manipulation during the voting process," NPP secretary I B Pandey said in the letter to the commission.

He asserted that the use of VVPAT system would eliminate the chances of any possible manipulation by any group or by those in power.

(Posted on 04-04-2014)