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Is There a Deliberate Attempt to Create a Ghost of ‘Faulty EVMs’?

EVM Fake News

Assembly Elections are ongoing in 5 states of Madhya Pradesh (MP), Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Mizoram, and Telangana, results for which will be announced on December 11, 2018. The elections in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram have already been concluded. Rajasthan and Telangana are going in for polls on December 07, 2018. But, some of the politicians and political parties have already started creating the ghost of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) malfunctioning.

On November 28, 2018, when the elections were going on in Madhya Pradesh, some leaders of Congress Party started tweeting and saying that the news of EVMs malfunctioning are being reported from several locations in the state.

Kamal Nath, Leader, Congress

Jyotiraditya Scindia, MP, Congress

Not only the leaders of the Congress Party but even Aam Aadmi Party’s MLA, Saurabh Bharadwaj also attacked the Election Commission and repeated the claim that EVMs can be tampered.

Saurabh Bhardwaj

Here are the Facts:
  • In 2017, Election Commission of India (ECI), a constitutional body, had given a challenge to all the political parties to come and prove tampering or defects of EVMs. It asked all the parties to confirm their participation by May 26, 2017.
  • But, none of the political parties including those who were crying foul over the issue of EVM tampering never turned up for the challenge. All the parties stayed away, probably for the fear of their bluff being called out as the EVMs used in India are at par with the international standards and even better, as described here.

So, ECI to save its reputation from ‘political vulturism’ and maintain the trust of common people in the democracy, it actually went out of its way to invite political parties to prove their point that EVMs can be tampered. However, none of the political parties came out to prove that.

But, as and when the elections are around the corner or voting is underway, there are several attempts by the politicians or political parties to create a ghost of EVMs malfunctioning. It appears that these politicians or political parties are deliberately trying to change the perception of common people of India or shake their faith in the way elections are being carried out in the country. But, in this attempt, they end up maligning the image of one of the most transparent body, ‘Election Commission of India’ which has been conducting elections in world’s largest democracy for over 70 years now.