TMC MP Derek O'Brien, while talking to media persons outside Parliament on Monday afternoon, said there was a need to save the Constitution. Photo/ANI
TMC MP Derek O'Brien, while talking to media persons outside Parliament on Monday afternoon, said there was a need to save the Constitution. Photo/ANI

22 opposition parties to urge ECI to replace EVMs with ballot papers for conducting coming Lok Sabha polls

ANI | Updated: Feb 04, 2019 16:18 IST

New Delhi (India), Feb 4 (ANI): As many as 22 opposition parties will meet the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday, seeking the replacement of electronic voting machines (EVMs) with ballot papers for conducting the coming Lok Sabha polls, TMC leader and Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien has said.
Talking to media persons outside Parliament on Monday afternoon, O’Brien said: “A delegation of 22 opposition parties will meet and request the Election Commission of India to revert to the ballot paper system and do away with the electronic voting machines (EVMs) for conducting the coming Lok Sabha elections.”
According to O’Brien, the delegation will include among others Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav, BSP’s Satish Chandra Mishra, DMK’s Kanimozhi, CPI’s D Raja and others.
O'Brien said: “There is a need to stop the use of EVMs in order to save the Constitution and federal structure of the country. We have spoken to all opposition parties. We have to save the Constitution, the country and the federal structure.”
However, contrary to the claims made by opposition parties, the ECI has maintained that EVMs will not be replaced with ballot papers under any circumstances as EVMs are “fully safe and secure.”
Earlier on Friday too, opposition parties had announced that they would approach the ECI over the issue of alleged tampering of EVMs by the ruling party. (ANI)

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