WHO WILL RESTORE CONFIDENCE IN EVMs?
New Delhi: The SC ordered the use of paper trail in EVMs to instill confidence of public in elections but if paper trails are not being count in reasonable number of EVMs , what is the use of VVPATs being inducted in elections ? The question is why measures are not being taken to create confidence of public in EVMs ?
Following are the SC comments in verdict !!
In Dr. Subramanian Swamy (Supra), Supreme Court has held as under:-
“29. From the materials placed by both the sides, we are satisfied that the “paper trail” is an indispensable requirement of free and fair elections. The confidence of the voters in the EVMs can be achieved only with the introduction of the “paper trail”. EVMs with VVPAT system ensure the accuracy of the voting system. With an intent to have fullest transparency in the system and to restore the confidence of the voters, it is necessary to set up EVMs with VVPAT system because vote is nothing but an act of expression which has immense importance in democratic system.
- In the light of the above discussion and taking notice of the pragmatic and reasonable approach of the ECI and considering the fact that in general elections all over India, the ECI has to handle one million (ten lakhs) polling booths, we permit the ECI to introduce the same in gradual stages or geographical-wise in the ensuing general elections. The area, State or actual booth(s) are to be decided by the ECI and the ECI is free to implement the same in a phased manner. We appreciate the efforts and good gesture made by the ECI in introducing the same.
- For implementation of such a system (VVPAT) in a phased manner, the Government of India is directed to provide required financial assistance for procurement of units of VVPAT.”