The CEC, however, admitted that there were a few "black sheep", who had to be replaced. "The poll panel had to make changes, replace a couple of officers, including one in West Bengal, during the Lok Sabha polls," he explained.
“We are not going back to the era of ballot papers. The Supreme Court has more than once said that the ballot papers are our past,” Arora told reporters at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport after arriving in Kolkata on Friday.
A voter who claims that the electronic voting machine (EVM) or the paper trail machine did not recorded his or her vote correctly is allowed to cast a test vote under Rule 49 MA of the Conduct of Election Rules.
Sunil Arora also defended the clean chits given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah on complaints related to model code violations, saying decisions were taken on merit and on "appreciation of facts".
The Indian Express had first reported that Lavasa had, on five occasions, opposed clean chits given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah on charges of violating the MCC during their campaign for the Lok Sabha polls.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra met the AAP leaders Friday, and later arranged for a meeting between them and the state's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and Delhi Police officers to discuss the issue.