The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday demanded that in view of the latest charges against the electronic voting machines (EVMs) by a hacker in London, the old, tried and tested ballot papers should be used again in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
The party has also exhorted all opposition parties to boycott the polls if their demand was not paid heed to.
Rajya Sabha member of AAP and in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, Sanjay Singh told IANS that this was necessary to “save democracy and install faith of the people once again in the election process”.
The national spokesman of the AAP further said that the latest revelations clearly shrouded the neutrality of the EVMs and hence should be replaced with ballot papers.
“These EVMs show the benefit of EVMs going to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and takes away from the opposition a level playing field” he said further.
Chief spokesman of the party’s state unit, Vaibhav Maheshwari while claiming that the Election Commission was not ready to concede that the EVMs were open for tampering demanded that the poll panel ensure a “public audit” of the EVMs.
Raising doubts on the fairies of the EVMs, the party has demanded that all political parties should write to the Election Commission of India, saying that they will boycott the elections for the Lok Sabha if the EVMs were used for the polls.
“There is no other option but to ban the EVMs and conduct the Lok Sabha and all future elections through ballot paper method” Sanjay Singh said.
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday had spoken on similar lines and had cited the example of a “developed nation like Japan” which still used the traditional ballot paper method for elections in their country.
“In view of the recent revelations, further doubts have been created in the minds of people and the EC should take them into account” the former UP chief minister has said.
The ruling BJP leaders, both in the state and the centre, have trashed the accusations made by the opposition parties and have claimed that by raising doubts on the EVMs, the opposition was making ground for an almost certain defeat at the hustings in the Lok Sabha 2019 polls.