AAP renews demand for paper ballots, says EVMs can be tampered

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AAP renews demand for paper ballots, says EVMs can be tampered

New Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) The AAP today renewed its demand to use paper ballots, alleging that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) could be tampered with.

Citing media reports, the party claimed that nearly 30,000 ballot units and 20,000 control units have been ordered by the state election commission for MCD polls.

AAP’s Delhi unit convenor Dilip Pandey claimed, of these 4600 are faulty.

Ballot units are the ones through which people cast their vote while control units record these votes and it is under the supervision of election officer.

“The suspicion that the EVMs could be faulty and tampered now becomes more solid with this report. We again urge the state election commission to postpone the poll dates so that traditional paper ballots could be used for MCD elections,” Pandey said.

Amid Election Commission’s plan to invite politicians to try and hack EVMs, the AAP has asked the poll body to allow it to pick machines randomly from Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, where Assembly elections were recently held.

The party, in a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi yesterday, also requested the EC to provide the details of components like micro-controllers, and chips used for storage of memory in voting machines.

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