New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Tuesday lambasted political parties for expressing apprehensions on the working of electronic voting machines and said that EVMs are treated like a ‘football’, based on the poll results. Also Read - Remote Voting to See Light of Day by Next Lok Sabha Polls, Says Election Commission
“Sorry to say we have made EVMs a football, if result is X,EVM is good if result is Y EVM is not good as if EVM is voting. It’s you and I who are voting,so no point in going over this again,” Arora said, while addressing a press conference. Also Read - Online Nomination, Extension in Voting Time: How EC Plans to Hold Elections to 5 Assemblies During Pandemic
He added,” We have been using EVMs for more than 2 decades, very strange even if you take from 2014 onwards, there was a LS poll in Delhi, there was X result, some political entity won. Then in Delhi Assembly polls, another political entity won with heavy margin. After that there were many polls. Karnataka and 5 states, everywhere results different.” Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020 Dates Announced, EC Issues Protocol For Polls Amid COVID-19 | Check Full Schedule Here
When asked if J&K polls will be held along with LS polls, Arora said, “Commission had discussions with J&K Chief Secretary, DGP, Union Home Secretary and all political parties. We’ll consider everything and inform about the decision at a press conference in Delhi.”
Earlier on March 1, Arora had defended the use of EVMs saying,”These (EVMs) are made by highly secure companies — Bharate Electronics Limited (BEL) and Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), which are involved in making defence equipment.”
He said a technical advisory committee is there to keep an eye on EVM arrangements. “It has decisive powers, which even the EC did not have. This committee has the best of scientists. Therefore, there are no chances of doubts,” Arora added.