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Nagaland Congress demands ballot paper voting

Therie stated that although EVMs have been in use in the country for almost two-decades, many of the advanced nations have abandoned EVMs because it lacks transparency. 

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Kohima: Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president Kewekhape Therie has demanded that the the ballot paper voting system, replacing the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) as the ECI’s EVM are ‘tamper-free’ and the EVMs can be reset. 

Addressing a press conference held at Congress Bhavan at Dimapur on Tuesday, Therie stated that although EVMs have been in use in the country for almost two-decades, many of the advanced nations have abandoned EVMs because it lacks transparency. 

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He said EVM has been used in India for two decades and between 2014 and 2018 when the BJP came to power, 19 lakh EVMs were found missing after being supplied by the two state-run EVM manufacturing companies (Bharat Electronics Limited and Electronics Corporation of India Limited) and the Election commission of India (ECI). 

Based on this, he said that the ECI’s ‘tamper-free’ claims were false as the EVMs can be reset. Stating that the matter would also be raised on other platforms, Therie appealed all political parties to support the demand for transparency in voting and counting process. 

Therie announced that the NPCC would be submitting a representation to the Election Commission of India in this matter. The other list of demands include, one day polling, simultaneous counting at the polling station, declaration of results a day after polling and re-polling, where the winning margin is lower than the said polling station vote. 

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