50 per cent matching of EVM results with VVPATs may not be possible in coming Lok Sabha polls: Ex-CEC

Leaders of 23 political parties had met the EC on Monday and demanded a matching of results of 50 per cent EVMs with VVPATs before it declared the results.

Published: 05th February 2019 04:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th February 2019 04:28 PM   |  A+A-

EVM, Voting

Image used for representational purpose only


HYDERABAD: The Election Commission (EC) may not to be in a position to meet the demand of opposition parties that 50 per cent of EVM results should be cross-checked with VVPATs before declaring final Lok Sabha election results, indicated a former CEC Tuesday.

Leaders of 23 political parties had met the EC on Monday and demanded a matching of results of 50 per cent EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines) with VVPATs (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails) before it declared the results.

When asked for his response, the former Chief Election Commissioner T S Krishnamurthy opined that the EVMs are credible even without VVPATs.

"I think the EC has already indicated that they will increase the VVPATs verification gradually depending upon the machines that they get", he told PTI.

"Overnight, they may not be able to do it (50 per cent VVPATs verification)".

"As and when new machines come, they can incorporate this (VVPATs) also. So, I won't say it (the demand for 50 per cent cross-checking) is unnecessary or undesirable but give EC sometime to gradually change; may not be 50 per cent initially; maybe 25 per cent or in sensitive booths they can probably have VVPATs," Krishnamurthy said.

He said over a period of time, EC would be able to meet this demand of opposition parties.

"You can't say I want (50 per cent cross-checking) immediately. Gradually allow EC to implement. In principle, they have agreed they will do it, there is no problem. There is additional expenditure and time to manufacture (VVPATs). They should allow some freedom to the EC", Krishnamurthy said.

He also said the debate on the efficacy of EVMs would not die down, as their critics would look for some other reason to criticise these machines.

"VVPAT is not the answer. Answer is faith in the system", Krishnamurthy said, adding, "so many safeguards are there in the machine, they are transported, they are not kept in one state. Tremendous security provisions".

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp