'When you win, EVMs are alright. But when you lose, allegations about EVM manipulation arise. This kind of pessimistic attitude of the opposition will hurt the Constitution,' Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan hits out at the Opposition.
The Opposition had approached the EC on Tuesday and demanded that the five random VVPATs should be counted first, so that if there is a problem or a mismatch, all such slips can be counted before it is too late.
Congress’s chief spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala’s comments came a day after the Election Commission decided not to record the dissents put forward by the members of the 'full commission', overruling Lavasa.
Most of the criticism of EVMs appears to stem from a knee-jerk mistrust of technology. The authors have studied and analysed EVMs across India first-hand for years, ever since they were first introduced; and feel completely confident that they are tamper- and hack-proof, and cite their reasons for it.
The disenfranchisement of women voters is hopefully a result of mere inefficiency, not quite in the same league as the ‘dark arts’ of voter suppression around the world. However, it is a deeply worrying phenomenon of our electoral system.