The Delhi High Court has said that there is no evidence to back petitioner and Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy’s plea that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can be tampered with. The High Court has called for wider consultations before a decision is taken and said that it is difficult to issue any directions to the Election Commission (EC) on EVMs as of now. In his plea, Swamy had demanded that receipts be given for ballots cast on EVMs claiming that the EVM system was not transparent.
Earlier, Swamy and the EC, represented by lawyer Ashok Desai, had concluded the arguments. “The EC should return to the ballot system to avoid tampering as there was lack of transparency in EVMs at the time of polls,” Swamy had said. Either paper printouts should be incorporated in the EVMs by the EC or it should return to the ballot paper system as EVMs are not tamper-proof, he said.
European countries like the UK, the US and Japan have rejected them (EVMs) due to their failure and they preferred paper ballots for their elections, he had said. Seeking the court’s direction, he also said, “The EVM’s brain, micro controller is being manufactured in foreign countries like Japan, which themselves do not use the machine due to its demerits.”