PUNE: In the municipal elections that took place around the same time last year, many corporators were outraged, as they received negligible and in some cases, zero votes. Alleging that this was a clear proof that the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) is not a reliable voting technique, these corporators had asked the Election Commission (EC) for an explanation.
Not receiving any even a year later, corporators have now threatened to hold protests.
The angry corporators addressed the media at a press conference on Tuesday and said that they had made a complaint with the EC, asking it to explain how some of them could have received zero votes when at least they themselves and their families must have voted for them.
The corporators say that they have not received any explanation or reply from the EC even a year after the complaint.
Rupali Patil, Dileepsing Vishwakarma, Jambuwant Manohar, Dattatray Bahirat, Rahul Tupere and Prashant Kanojiya are some of the names who formed the EVM Hatao Kruti Samiti, on the premise that EVM machines are rigged in favour of a particular party and that they must be shunned in favour of paper ballots.
The corporators demanded that, henceforth, in all elections, a paper ballot system be used and that the EC must explain the tally issues in the 2017 municipal elections. The corporators have threatened to hold protests and ‘satyagraha’ if the explanations of the issues are not provided by the relevant authorities within three days.