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My fight is for protection of democracy: Andhra CM

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Minister N. Chandrababu on Sunday that his fight for replacing EVMs with ballot papers is to protect democracy in

Naidu, also the (TDP) chief, claimed that only 18 out of 191 countries were using Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for conducting the polls.

He reiterated that the machines can be manipulated and that even the developed countries were not using them.

was speaking at a meeting organised by opposition parties at on the topic 'Save democracy - Transparency in election process and protection of voters rights'.

Demanding transparency in the conduct of the elections, the meeting decided to file a review petition in the for counting of VVPAT slips.

Paying tribute to Dr B. R. Ambedkar, the of the Indian Constitution, on the occasion of his 128th birth anniversary, cited his quote: "Vote is sharper than a knife and if it is rightly used, the voter will be the and if it is sold, he will remain as a slave."

He alleged that technology was misused during the Telangana elections to delete 25 lakh votes and when this was pointed out to the poll officials, they merely said "sorry".

Claiming that services of contract employees were used for maintenance of EVMs, he asked the if it would own responsibility for their wrong-doings.

Naidu also alleged that there was a chance of tampering EVMs by managing the and chips.

He said even the developed countries like preferring ballots for polling. He said there should be transparency in election process.

"The lost credibility with the non-functioning of EVMs at majority of places in Andhra Pradesh," Naidu said, claiming that around 20 to 30 per cent EVMs did not function during the elections to the Assembly and the state's 25 Lok Sabha seats on April 11.

He said the BJP government failed to honour the demand of opposition parties to reintroduce the ballot system, and also accused the of harassing opposition leaders through raids.

The Minister also said the transferred officials in without the consent of the state.



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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 18:42 IST