BRS Opposes ECI Proposal for Remote EVMs in Elections

BRS Opposes ECI Proposal for Remote EVMs in Elections

Hyderabad: The Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) has vehemently opposed the Election Commission of India’s proposal of remote EVMs (RVMs) to enable domestic migrants to vote remotely in the elections being held in their home States or constituencies. The party will submit its stand to the ECI in writing before January 30 and will raise its objections after discussing it within the party.

After attending the ECI meeting with the Opposition parties in Delhi on Monday, BRS leader and Telangana State Planning Board vice-chairman B Vinod Kumar stated that the BRS was against the usage of RVMs in the elections as India does not need them.

“People have a lot of suspicions over the operation of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and the possibility of their hacking. The ECI had failed to address these concerns. Under these circumstances, how would anyone believe in the sanctity of these RVMs,” he asked.

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Vinod Kumar also pointed out that several developed nations, including the US and the UK, had stopped using EVMs in elections, considering the anomalies. He reminded me that numerous cases of hacking of bank accounts were reported on a regular basis and there was no guarantee that the EVMs or RVMs could not be hacked or tampered with.

“Under these circumstances, we cannot trust the votes cast in the name of a person living abroad. There is no guarantee that the said voter is casting the vote remotely or those votes are polled through hacking,” he added.


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