Jharkhand Political Parties Are Distrustful About Remote EVM Systems

Jharkhand Political Parties Are Distrustful About Remote EVM Systems

The Election Commission’s proposal to introduce multi-constituency EVMs for the purpose of enabling remote voting for migrants has been met with suspicion by political parties in Jharkhand.

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), the largest party in the state’s coalition government, has raised questions as to whether the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be immune from manipulation.

“Our party representative will attend the EC’s demonstration of the remote voting machines (RVM) in New Delhi on January 16. But since it will be a mobile unit, it remains to be seen whether it would be free from the scope of possible manipulation of votes. We will make our observation only after that,” JMM spokesperson Supriyo Bhattacharya said.

The AJSU Party, in alliance with the BJP in Jharkhand, has welcomed the introduction of Remote Voting Machines (RVMs). Devsharan Bhagat, its spokesperson, expressed his support for this move, saying that it will allow a large number of people in Jharkhand to exercise their voting rights. He added that voting is a fundamental right of citizens, and many need help to do so due to work or studies. Bhagat suggested that in order to prevent any potential attempts at fraudulent voting, the Election Commission should publish a list of those who will be voting remotely.

The state unit of the Congress echoed the feelings of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and the Ajsu party, calling for the Election Commission (EC) to guarantee the credibility of the new system. “The Congress has from time to time flagged potential misuse of the EVMs. This is a welcome move, but the EC has to ensure credibility in the new process,” the party’s state spokesperson Rakesh Sinha said.

Pradeep Sinha, a spokesperson for the Bhartiya Janata Party, declared that the Election Commission’s decision was a well-considered one made with the intention to bolster the voter turnout and stage an all-inclusive poll.

“Political parties which have doubts will have a chance to get it cleared during the day of the demonstration. The BJP welcomes the move, and other parties too must support it if they are convinced,” Sinha added.

It is estimated that around 20% of all eligible voters in Jharkhand do not participate in voting due to migration for work and study purposes.

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