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Feb 02, 2019
7:56AM

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora rules out going back to ballot paper for voting

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Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora has ruled out going back to the ballot paper.  Interacting with the media yesterday after two days of deliberations with political parties and officials in Kolkata over the upcoming general election,   Mr Arora said that the Commission is not going back to the days of ballot paper. 

He said  Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) have been in use in our country for more than two decades. Mr Arora said it has been a consistent policy of the Election Commission of India for quite sometime and he thinks it will remain the same.
   
He said political parties have a right to make their feedback known and their apprehensions because they're the biggest stakeholders after the voters.
   
On political parties request to deploy special general and police observers in the state, Mr Arora said the Commission has taken stock of all the feedback and they will be looked into. The  CEC said strict action would be initiated against officers on election duty if they are found guilty of having "malafide" intentions while executing their duties.
      
Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, as well as deputy election commissioners Umesh Sinha, Sandip Saxena, Sudip Jain and Chandrabushan Kumar were also present during the interaction.

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