In a surprise move, Telugu Desam Party supremo and tech-savvy chief minister Chandrababu Naidu advocated for the use of traditional ballot papers for the elections in place of the EVMs. He said that the electronic devices are disadvantage as there is a possibility of people manipulating them.
“The operation of the EVMs is controlled by a person who has the devices on hand. The data too can be erased or changed accordingly,” is what Chandrababu Naidu said. He further said that the whole world was holding elections in ballot paper and wondered why India still banks on the EVMs.
The TDP chief who claims himself as father of Technology in the country has doubts over the same technology used in elections. He also doubts over the authenticity of the technology-based results and their longevity. He says that the VVPAT (voter verifiable paper audit trail) slip, which shows the voter, his vote after casting. Naidu says that print on this VVPAT slip will get erased soon and there would be no evidence to prove it later.
“The election cases take three to four years to decide and these VVPAT slips are not useful till that time. What is printed on these slips will get erased automatically and it would not stand for the scrutiny later,” is what Naidu feared.
While reiterating his championship for the technology in the country , Chandrababu Naidu demanded that the country should reveres back to the ballot papers in the next election.
Chandrababu Naidu’s fears came after the party’s humiliating defeat in the Telangana elections. He also referred to some of the reports in the media which suggest manipulation of the EVMs by the TRS in its favour. He did not rule out the manipulation of the EVMs to win the elections and said that there is possibility for one to manipulate the EVMs and change the votes before counting or at the time of counting.