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SHIV SENA-BJP TO DEMAND NEW EVM MACHINES WITH PRINTOUT BACKUP’

evmA Shiv Sena-BJP delegation will meet Election Commission officials in Delhi to demand a new system of Electronic Voting Machines, which will have a printout backup facility. The system of the Electronic Voting Machines are used in California where, apart from casting their ballot on the machine, voters get a printout which displays the name of the candidate he or she votes for. The slip is then dropped in a ballot box which is used during the recounting process or when an EVM is found to be defective or tampered with. A Hyderabad based NGO had demonstrated before the BJP and Sena leaders how the EVM machines could be tampered by using a malicious software. Following the demo, Sena’s executive president Uddhav Thackeray and former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya have decided to oppose the EVMs and demand introduction of new machines with backup facility for the upcoming assembly polls. EVMs have become an issue of national debate, with experts expressing concerns about their “malfunctioning”. Bureau report – NMTV News

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