EC opposes plea for paper trail in EVMs

Swamy made a plea for reverting to either a paper trail or the old paper-ballot system.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:September 14, 2012 12:30 am

The Election Commission of India Thursday opposed a plea by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy to incorporate paper printouts in electronic voting machines (EVMs),contending there were several issues relating to printing.

While Swamy claimed printing machines were so much simplified that even taxi meters had them,counsel for the ECI told a Bench led by Justice P Sathasivam that there were certain serious problems relating to printing and hence having a paper trail could not be promoted.

Swamy claimed EVMs are not tamper-proof and can be hacked to fudge voting results. “We have a strong belief based on tests and experience that EVMs are completely tamper-proof. We are willing to demonstrate it to the petitioner but cannot allow him to possess it to satisfy his doubts over it,” said the counsel.

Swamy made a plea for reverting to either a paper trail or the old paper-ballot system.

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