Leaders of the opposition parties have expressed doubts about the reliability of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and have decided to approach the Election Commission of India (ECI) seeking clarity on their concerns.
The meeting was held at the residence of Sharad Pawar, the chief of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and was attended by senior leaders of various political parties, except for the Trinamool Congress.
Congress leader Digvijay Singh stated that an all-party meeting to demonstrate the prototype of remote EVMs was cancelled after opposition parties objected to the need for remote voting. Singh also said that there is widespread suspicion in the country about the efficacy of remote EVMs, and that the opposition parties have decided to seek answers from the ECI.
The Congress has further criticized the EVM, stating that the Election Commission itself has acknowledged that the machine is not standalone, as candidate names and symbols are installed via the internet. Singh has clarified that the opposition is not advocating for the replacement of the EVM, but is seeking greater transparency in its functioning.
There are questions about TMCs absence from this very important opposition meeting it raises doubts over opposition unity and TMC chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s intention to join a united front in next year’s general elections.
This is another important issue picked up by the opposition after the ongoing major issues around the Prime Minister’s relations with Gautam Adani who is under the scanner after the Hindenberg Report.
Another major issue on which the opposition is attacking the center government is the misuse of govt bodies such as EC and CBI to suppress the opposition leaders by pressurizing them into various cases at the behest of ruling party.
This EVM issue is a major concern and is of utmost importance for democracy and is also crucial for the credibility of Election Commission as well. Recently CJI Chandrachud ordered that EC chief will be selected by a body comprising of Prime Minister, CJI and Leader Of Opposition to create transparency and build confidence in the fairness of elections.
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