August 27 : Leaders from across the political spectrum have asked the Election Commission to hold the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections through ballot papers to restore faith in the election system.
In all-party meeting convened by the Election Commission, Congress leader Mukul Wasnik has demanded that 2019 Lok Sabha elections should be conducted through Ballot papers and TMC leader Kalyan Banerjee said there is a consensus among political parties on the said issue.
AICC General Secretary Mukul Wasnik said, ” Ballot papers should be used in 2019 Lok Sabha polls as it was adopted by other major democracies to help restore the credibility of the electoral process”.
Coming out in support of Congress ,TMC leader Kalyan Banerjee said, “The use of ballot papers is important for fair and impartial elections. We want to make it clear that we do not consider EVMs as tamper proof.”
Aam Aadmi Party leader Raghav Chadha said , ” If the poll panel is bent on conducting elections through electronic voting machines then preparation must be done to implement 100% VVPAT machines and the paper trail verification should be there in 20 % booths.
Upset with the current situation with more parties joining the Congress party chorus for restoration of the old system of conducting elections through ballot papers to replace the electronic voting machines, BJP leader and Union Health Minister J P Nadda said, ” Congress is unable to see the future , VVpat is of good use and it should be used in future but Congress must remember that UPA government was formed through EVMs.
BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra said, ” Election must be conducted through ballot papers.”
Chadha added that many developed nations in the West gave up EVMs to conduct elections by paper ballot as they believed EVMs were vulnerable to tampering.
“We hope that the Election Commission would take cognizance of the matter and would appropriately respond to our plea,” he said.
The Congress party has once again appealed the poll panel in writing reiterating its demand that the 2019 Lok Sabha elections be conducted using ballot papers instead of EVMs. The party had moved a resolution in this regard in its 84th plenary session in March.
At least 17 parties, including the National Democratic Alliance ally Shiv Sena, have been pitching for returning to ballot papers for fair and impartial elections.
TMC leader Kalyan Banerjee said “there is a consensus among political parties that ballot papers must be used to conduct 2019 Lok Sabha elections.”
These include the Congress, Trinamool Congress (TMC), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Janata Dal(Secular) (JD-S), Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Samajwadi Party, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Communist Party of India (CPI), YSR Congress, Kerala Congress Mani (KCM) and AIUDF.