Rajat Sharma

EVMs with paper trail is the only way out

The Election Commission’s decision to hold all future elections with the help of paper trail linked to Electronic Voting Machines is a welcome step. As of now, Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and Mayawati’s BSP had alleged tampering with EVMs, but they have been unable to show concrete evidence to probe that tampering indeed took place. The demand for reverting to the old ballot paper system is entirely illogical. Kejriwal may not know: in the past, in every general election conducted in India, nearly two lakh trees were cut to make ballot paper. If you add the state assembly elections and local bodies and panchayat elections, the number of trees that would be cut for ballot papers will be really huge. Those parties, like the CPI and BSP, who have demanded reverting to ballot paper system, should also consider the harm that we would may be doing to our environment.

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