Lok SabhaRajya Sabha

August 6, 2018

Saugata Roy speaks on the need to bring back ballot papers to ensure fair elections

Saugata Roy speaks on the need to bring back ballot papers to ensure fair elections

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Madam, in our election-system, we now have the EVM, now the neutrality of the EVM has been questioned and we feel that it has been compromised. The AITC has demonstrated outside parliament on the demand that ballot-papers be brought back in the election-process. Our CM Mamata Banerjee when she came last week gave a call to all opposition that is to come together to demand ballot papers be brought back. Madam, an advanced country like USA, they still have ballot papers, Germany also. We have no proof that EVMs can not be compromised.

So, 17 opposition parties are planning to get-together to represent to the ECI. But, basically this has to be implemented through the Law Ministry which is in-charge of conducting elections and which is supervising over the ECI, which is an independent body under Art 324. That is why Madam through you I reiterate the demand of AITC and of all opposition parties that the EVM should be scrapped and ballot papers should be brought back to ensure a fair voting so that there is no hacking, no manipulation of the EVMs by the ruling party or, their cohorts. Thank you Madam.