Telugu Party Chief and Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu hit out at EVMs saying that the Election Commission should clear all doubts on EVMs and stated that it had filed a false affidavit in SC saying it will take 6 days for the counting of VVPAT.
Chandrababu Naidu had filed a petition in the Supreme Court for the counting of 50% of VVPAT slips. He said that the opposition parties won’t hesitate in pulling out a full-fledged attack on the EC if this was how the EC responded.
“When we are showing how EVMs can be manipulated and tampered with, they are doing politics. Instead of clearing the doubts, they are launching counter-attack,” said Naidu as he launched a scathing attack on the Election Commission.
It was after the first phase of the elections that the opposition demanded that they wanted 50 per cent of the EVMs to be checked. A group of 20 plus parties put this demand forward.
“We are raising doubts about the EVMs. The confidence of the voter can only be restored through paper trail machines. Even advanced countries like Germany-they have gone for EVMs- used between 2005-09 and again they have gone for paper ballot. The Netherlands in 1990-2007, and again they have changed for paper ballot…” he went on to state.
“If you can see your cell phones, every 6 months you are changing because technology is changing. For the last many years the same EVMs. We are investing Rs. 9,000 crore on VVPAT,” added Naidu.
“The manner in which the Election Commission of India, a constitutional body, miserably failed to live up to the spirit of the constitutional duty, is not only disturbing but also dangerous to the future of democracy in the country,” he said.