Opposition Parties Demand to Conduct Lok Sabha Election 2019 Using Ballot Papers
Opposition parties have demanded that Lok Sabha Election 2019 and upcoming assembly elections should be conducted using ballot papers. The demand has been made in All Parties Meet with the Election Commission. The opposition parties have doubts that it is hard to conduct assembly and parliamentary elections without any faults, as several issues had been found in last elections. Om Prakash Rawat, the Chief Election Commissioner of India, ensured all parties to solve all the issues with the EVM. BJP along with its allied parties have opposed the demand to conduct upcoming Parliamentary and Assembly Elections using ballot papers.
41 representatives of all the seven national political parties and 51 regional parties have participated in the meeting with the Election Commission. The discussion held on different issues associated with the conduct of assembly and parliamentary elections together. All the political parties have demanded to fix the expenditure of the political parties instead of candidates in the upcoming elections. However, BJP along with its allied parties have opposed this demand too. The political parties that have demanded to conduct elections using ballot papers instead of EVMs are – the Nationalist Congress Party, the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party, the Trinmool Congress, the Aam Admi Party, the Rashtriya Janta Dal, the Janta Dal (Secular), the Rashtriya Lok Dal and some parties of Vam Morcha. The National Congress Party has told that it is hard to remove the use of EVMs in election completely and so, it has requested to make a law to match the 30% result with paper troll. Some representatives of political parties have made allegations that the ruling party can make issues with the EVMs to make the election result in its favour. However, the Election Commission has mentioned many times that creating issues with the EVMs used in elections in India. The codes of the EVMs are embedded and hence, creating issues with the EVMs can’t be done.
Inputs from – the Jansatta