Congress has resorted to raising faux-concerns right on the day when Maharashtra and Haryana go to assembly polls. On October 21, even before the voting began, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh tweeted questioning the Election Commission of India. He said EVMs can be manipulated. He said in his tweet that voter should be able to put the printed vote from the EVM after choosing the poll candidate into the ballot box. He criticised Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora over his argument that counting ballots manually takes a lot of time.
After pressing the button on ballot unit instead the Voter seeing the picture on the screen for 7 seconds the printer should give the Voter printed vote in his hand which he can physically put in a ballot box.— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) October 21, 2019
Now the argument put forward by CEC would be that the counting would take a lot of time. As it stands today CEC picks up 5 booths randomly and checks the printed vote as per Supreme Court order.— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) October 21, 2019
If the Voter has put the printed Vote in a Ballot Box then he or the candidates or the Political Parties can't complain. And the time taken would be the same. So it would be a reliable system of a combination of EVM and Ballot Box.— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) October 21, 2019
I feel all Political Parties who requested CEC to do away with EVM and return to Ballot Box should consider this option for a greater reliability in our Elections which would strengthen our Democracy and again call a meeting to consider this option.— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) October 21, 2019
If the number of Votes in the Ballot Box don't match the number in the Counting Unit then all the Polling Booth Votes in that Constituency should be counted through Ballot Boxes and then only the result should be declared.— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) October 21, 2019
Polling is being on Monday to elect Maharashtra and Haryana assemblies with the BJP and its allies seeking to retain power in the two states on the back of the recent Lok Sabha polls victory, while the opposition is hoping to turn the tide by taking advantage of any anti-incumbency.