New Delhi, Jan 24: Amid ongoing controversy over Electronic Voter Machines, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Thursday made it clear that EVMs and VVPATs will be used for the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
“I would like to make it very clear that we are not going back to the era of ballot papers”, said Arora while addressing an event in the national capital.
The Chief Election Commissioner further stated that the poll panel will continue to use EVMs and VVPATs.
In wake of EVM Hackathon, Arora Said “We are open to any criticism and feedback from any stakeholder including political parties”.
“At the same time, we are not going to be intimidated, bullied or coerced into giving up these and start era of ballot papers” he added.
His statement comes days after a row triggered by a ‘hackathon’ was conducted in London by a US-based self-proclaimed cyber expert.
The “cyber expert”, named Syed Shuja, had made a sensational claim that the 2014 general elections were rigged.