EC has to answer doubts on EVMs: Chandrababu Naidu

AP CM Chandrababu Naidu said that the opposition parties would prepare an action plan to launch a peoples’ agitation against the attitude of Election Commission.

By Author  |   AP Bureau  |  Published: 15th Apr 2019  7:34 pm
Chandrababu Naidu
File photo of AP CM Chandrababu Naidu

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said the Election Commission has to answer the voters on the doubts raised against the functioning of Electronic Voting Machines.

Speaking to media persons here on Monday, he said that the opposition parties would prepare an action plan to launch a peoples’ agitation against the attitude of Election Commission. Terming it as a democratic compulsion, he questioned what objection the Election Commission had for counting 50 per cent of votes of VVPATS.

When he raised doubts over the functioning of EVMs, some people were alleging that he launched the protest fearing defeat, he noted and said that there was an under current and the TDP would win 150 seats. People came forward to exercise their franchise to protect the democratic system andhe was going to visit all the States and address meetings over the failure of EVMs and Election Commission.

The Chief Minister gave a presentation on the performance and set backs of EVMs. He said out of 191 countries only 18 countries have adopted EVMs for polls.

EVMs could be manipulated by several means as technology was not updated and there was no provision for any audit of EVMs neither in terms of software nor hardware, he observed.

Meanwhile, TDP candidate for the Nuzvid Assembly seat M Venkateswara Rao lodged a complaint with the Election Commission, saying polling equipment have been shifted from strong room without any intimation.

He said the equipment were from the Nuzvid Asembly segment and were stored in the strong room at Machilipatnam Krishna University campus after polling was held on April 11.

Election authorities, however, said the equipment that have been shifted were either not used on the election day or defective.

“114 VVPATs, 104 ballot units and 102 control units that were unused in the election or defective have been shifted from the Krishna University campus to the EVM godown,” Returning Officer Swapnil P Dinakar said.