Siddaramaiah says ‘No’ to EVMs, Pushes for Ballot papers in 2018 Assembly elections

Karnataka: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah argued for ballot papers in the 2018 Assembly polls instead of EVM. His expressed his concern that EVM is prone to tampering.

He further said that “We will write to the Election Commission and even meet the officials there insisting on ballot papers,” and also said that “I have spoken to some experts about the EVMs. There is scope for tampering. What is the problem in going back to the old system of ballot papers?”

Commenting on the debate regarding the alleged tampering of EVMs, the Chief Minister said that “They have power. The Election Commission is in their hands, although it is supposed to be an independent Constitutional body. They can appoint whoever they want as the Chief Election Commissioner.”

He also said that US and Germany had switched back to ballot papers after trying EVMs.

G Parameswara, the KPCC President had several times raised the issue of misuse of EVM in Gujarat elections.

Dinesh Gundu Rao, the KPCC working president said that “Concerns of EVM misuse have been raised in our party and it is being discussed seriously. Any machine can be hacked and be erroneous. We will definitely take a strong stand on this.”