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Not going back to era of ballot papers, will not stop using EVMs: CEC

His remarks came days after a self proclaimed cyber expert claimed the machines can be hacked

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Sunil Arora
Sunil Arora | Photo: Wikipedia

Amid renewed demands against the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs), on Thursday asserted that the is not going back to ballot papers.

are being used as a "football" due to a "motivated slugfest", he said.

"I would like to make it very, very clear one more time that we are not going back to the era of ballot papers," Arora said, addressing a gathering ahead of National Voters Day.

He said the poll panel would not take the country back to an era where ballot papers were lifted by musclemen.

"We are open to any criticism and feedback. But we are not going to be bullied. We are going to keep using EVMs," he said using strong words to defend the machines.

His remarks came days after a self proclaimed cyber expert claimed the machines can be hacked.

Following his claims, several parties have demanded the use of ballot papers in the coming Lok Sabha polls.

First Published: Thu, January 24 2019. 14:10 IST