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Ambiguities in electronic voting system needs  to be resolved

Ambiguities in electronic voting system needs to be resolved

On Wednessday, the DMK filed a lawsuit in the Madras High Court, requesting that the Election Commission of India be ordered to establish guidelines for the issue of acknowledgment slips in voting machines and to change the new set procedures that the Election Commission had instituted.
“This case was filed in the wake of Election Commission of India (ECI)’s introduction of a new division in the current elections. According to the new change, there is a possibility of 2 per cent error in voting in a constituency. For example, 2 per cent of the 22 lakh 30 thousand voters in Sriperumbudur constituency are 46,000. That extent of erroneous voting in a parliamentary constituency cannot be taken as inconsequential.  That is why the DMK has demanded100 per cent implementation of the VVPAT admit card,'' R.S Bharati, DMK party's organizational secretary, who filed the case, said.
The Supreme Court had earlier questioned the Union Government and the Election Commission whether it is possible to verify 100% of the acknowledgment slips received through the VVPAT machines in the electronic voting machines.
As per the existing practice, only the acknowledgment slips from each of the five voting machines selected in each constituency are counted. The Supreme Court has sought a response from the government and the Election Commission of India on the petition filed against this.
It is important that the votes people cast are recorded in the correct symbol. Confidence in the Election Commission is more important than that. There should be no doubt about it.
The responsibility of ensuring all this has fallen in the hands of the courts. We can reasonably expect that this will pave the way for the voting machine controversies to be resolved soon!