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For long, opposition parties have been against the use of EVMs at national polls amid claims that the devices can or have been programmed to favour a certain candidate or political party, a claim which was also dismissed by the ECN chief.
"Why were EVMs not malfunctioning when Supriya Sule won?
'Do not forget that the EVMs were earlier used in England, France, Germany and America.
The safety and security of EVMs which are in the custody of ECI is the responsibility of the Commission,' he said in a statement posted on his Twitter handle.
Photo caption: Picture of truck with EVMs shared by the official Twitter account of regional Indian party Rashtriya Janata Dal.
EVM or Electronic Voting Machine is claimed by its domestic suppliers to be viable enough to stop electoral fraud and implement reforms whereas some election officials themselves have cast doubts that EVM can block rigging in elections, saying that paper ballots were much more viable than easily manipulative electronic voting system and that EVM cannot ensure fair, free, transparent and honest elections.
Chhukha A former school principal, Sangay Dorji, 38, has been elected as NC representative from Chhukha from among the six candidates after securing 5,079 votes (3,916 - EVMs and 1,163 - Postal Ballot).
Rawat addressing a press conference on the conclusion of EVM challenge in New Delhi on Saturday.
For this, the EC will be putting on display the same EVMs which were used in recent assembly polls.
An EVM methodology and the associated EVMS requirement are designed to ensure that agencies acquire major systems in the most effective, economical and timely manner.
The ECP had initiated the process to purchase 400 EVMs to use them experimentally for the conduct of Pilot Project in bye-election for National Assembly or Provincial Assembly Constituencies but could not purchased so far, he said.
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