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Archive for September, 2010

 

EC-Ashok Chavan ‘deal’ to harass EVM critics?

Posted by Narasimha Rao under THE UGLY FACE OF THE ECI

A month after the arrest of Hari Prasad, the Election Commission of India (ECI) is continuing with its harassment agenda in the missing EVM case used for demonstrating the vulnerabilities of the EVMs and proving the claims of the ECI to be untrue.
A month after the arrest of Hari Prasad, the Election Commission of India (ECI) is continuing with its harassment agenda in the missing EVM case used for demonstrating the vulnerabilities of the EVMs and proving the claims of the ECI to be untrue.

Mukund Lagoo, an activist fighting for tribal rights was arrested 10 days ago and is languishing in jail. Mumbai Police’s application seeking cancellation of Hari Prasad’s bail (apparently drafted by the Election Commission) threatens his arrest again. Mumbai Police are not stopping there. They plan to summon Hari Prasad’s colleagues in NetIndia for questioning. The list is unlikely to stop there.

The series of [...]

Losers must trust election results, not just winners

Posted by Narasimha Rao under EVM Vulnerabilities

At the FAME seminar on electoral reforms last Sunday, chief election commissioner S.Y. Quraishi recalled the instance of a candidate who lost by one vote in the 2008 Rajasthan assembly elections. The candidate was C.P. Joshi, the then Congress state president and present rural development minister in the UPA government at the Centre. At the request of C.P. Joshi, a recount of postal ballots (less than 200 hundred) was ordered and a re-tabulation of the votes was done on the EVMs. Yet, the difference was the same one vote and Joshi was declared lost.
While Quraishi emphasizes Joshi’s case to say that the counting of votes in our elections is fair, the reality is that this “recount” of votes cannot be considered to be a proper recount at all. This amounted to merely checking if any clerical errors were made in totaling the votes polled in different EVMs as the results are noted [...]

THE UGLY FACE OF THE ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA (PART-2)

Posted by Narasimha Rao under EVM Vulnerabilities

Maoists can run away with Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Election Commission of India (ECI) feels helpless. It says it can do nothing about it. Chief election commissioner S.Y. Quraishi said as much to the BJP delegation which met him last week.

Goons and criminals can run away with EVMs. ECI does nothing except filing FIRs.
Nearly 80 machines have been stolen as per ECI’s own admission. As Quraishi himself says, no arrests have been made in the past.
But the Election Commission of India (ECI) shows overzealousness in harassing Hari Prasad for merely using an EVM made available to him for vulnerability demonstration.
The ECI is pursuing vengeful agenda against Hari Prasad for being a whistle blower by publicly demonstrating the vulnerabilities of EVMs and nailing its egregious lies about some fictional magical qualities of the EVMs unknown in the field of electronic security.

ECI’s UGLY FACE EXPOSED

Now, the latest update on ECI’s continuing [...]

BJP demands EVMs with paper audit trail, Election Commission dodges demand

Posted by Narasimha Rao under EVM Vulnerabilities

L.K. Advani, chairman of the BJP parliamentary party and Nitin Gadkari, National President of the BJP have repeatedly asserted the need for a reform in the voting system and have in fact demanded that the system of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) with Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) should be implemented. The party remains firmly committed to this demand.
Reiterating this demand for introduction of EVMs with a paper back up to ensure transparency and to provide an audit trail, the BJP yesterday urged the Election Commission to convene an All-party meeting to discuss concerns of various parties regarding EVMs. In its response, the Commission said that an All-party meeting will be convened in the near future (?) but providing a paper back up (VVPAT) as demanded by the BJP would be difficult as there are likely to be lots of printer related problems.
The delegation was led by Ravi Shankar Prasad, chief spokesman and General [...]