WHY ISRAEL STILL USING BALLOT PAPERS AND , NOT EVEMs ?
New Delhi : While Indian Election Commission is strongly supporting EVMs despite strong opposition , Isreal is still using ballot papers for its elections .Israeli experts say that it is the question of cyber security , hacking and foreign meddling that they are using ballot for elections , according to a report by MOMANTMAG .
The report quoted an Israeli expert to elaborate .
According to Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler, head of the Democracy and Technology department at the Israeli Democracy Institute, physical ballots “are still more secure and reliable” than their electronic counterparts.
In Israel, which might be targeted by other countries as well as terror organizations, the security argument ultimately prevailed after several discussions at the Central Election Committee.
“You can imagine that in a country that is called the ‘start up nation,’ there are a lot of alternatives and technological solutions offered to the government,” says Shwartz Altshuler. “But I think the decision to continue using paper ballots points to digital literacy, not the opposite .’
Due to security reasons , Israeli government chose ballot papers .They are not using electronic or digital voting machines .They are said to be more digital literate than any other country .So they have based their decision for not using digital or electronics voting machines as they know better how such systems can be hacked from within the country or outside .
They feel that apart from internal forces , those outside forces who can hack or meddle into election process if they opt for EVMs or digital voting system include Russians as also Palestinians .