CPI (M) joins BJP’s demand for reverting to Ballot paper system

July 5th, 2009 - 10:56 pm ICT by ANI  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, July 5(ANI): Communist Party of India (Marxist) Sitaram Yechury on Sunday supported Bharatiya Janata Party concerns over the unreliability of the Electronic Voting Machines, (EVMs).

Yechury told reporters in the national capital on Sunday that if the need be, the country should revert back to ballot paper, so that the records could be maintained.

“This is a serious issue. In order to make a democracy function well we need to think and critically analyse the issue. I have heard that the election commission is coming top decisions regarding enquiries into the issue. Enquiries should be made and if need be we should revert back to ballot paper so that at least records can be maintained,” Yechury said.

The CPI(M) political bureau member Yechury also added that many countries in the world had already returned to the Ballot Paper system after the EVMs were found unreliable.

On Saturday, BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani had said that India should revert to the ballot paper for elections unless adequate safeguards were in place to guard against malfunctioning of Electronic Voting machines.

Meanwhile, former Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi on Sunday agreed with BJP’s concerns.

“The BJP is right. Even we will demand that the use of electronic voting machines be stopped. There has been tampering. Wherever this has happened, there should be enquiries. Whoever has won like that, their win should be cancelled,” she said. (ANI)

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