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“The EC Needs To Start Acting Decisively”, Says Priyanka Gandhi on EVMs

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Priyanka Gandhi on EVMs: On April 2, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi said that the Election Commission (EC) needs to start acting decisively and that there should be a re-evaluation of the use of EVMs. Reportedly, on the night of April 1 in Assam, an EVM was found in Krishnendu Paul’s vehicle. He is a Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) candidate from Patharkandi. Gandhi’s comments on Twitter follow this incident. The Editor of an Assaamese channel posted a video where he claimed that an EVM was found in Paul’s car. This started the trigger.

In 2018, at an all-party meeting summoned by the EC, the Opposition parties had demanded a return to the ballot paper system. Gandhi’s comments restart the debate on the use of EVMs.

The Congress General Secretary mentioned the three things she noted are common whenever videos of private vehicles transporting EVMs are revealed during an election.

“Every time there is an election, videos of private vehicles caught transporting EVMs show up. Unsurprisingly they have the following things in common: 1. The vehicles usually belong to BJP candidates or their associates. 2. The videos are taken as one-off incidents and dismissed as aberrations. 3. The BJP uses its media machinery to accuse those who exposed the videos as sore losers,” Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi said.

Gandhi further added that several such incidents are being reported but nothing is being done about them. She said that the EC needs to start acting decisively on such complaints. Additionally, she also wants all national parties to carry out a serious re-evaluation of the use of EVMs.  “The fact is that too many such incidents are being reported and nothing is being done about them. The EC needs to start acting decisively on these complaints and a serious re-evaluation of the use of EVMs needs to be carried out by all national parties,” said Gandhi.

 

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