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Sunil Arora mentioned on the problem of voting by means of ballots – not going again to the period of poll paper. CEC Sunil Arora rejected the demand for taking away EVMs and bringing again poll papers

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oi-Rahul Kumar

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Published: Friday, August 9, 2019, 21:05 (IST)

Kolkata. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Friday categorically rejected the demand of holding elections with ballot paper instead of EVMs, citing earlier orders passed by the Supreme Court. He also said that assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held after formal dialogue with the central ministries, and the new law comes into effect. Let us know that since the Lok Sabha elections, opposition parties have been constantly questioning the credibility of EVMs.

CEC Sunil Arora rejected the demand for doing away with EVMs and bringing back ballot papers

Other opposition leaders, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and TDP's N Chandrababu Naidu, National Conference's Farooq Abdullah and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray, have repeatedly claimed that electronic voting machines can be tampered with is. Opposition parties have demanded to hold elections with ballot paper. Arora told reporters at Kolkata airport that we are not going to go back to the era of ballot paper. The Supreme Court has once again said that ballots are our past.

Mamta Banerjee has said many times that EVMs were previously used in developed countries like America, Britain, France and Germany, but they have all returned to the ballot box. Arora arrived in the city on Friday and Saturday to attend events organized by the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences and IIM (Calcutta). Asked about the possibility of holding assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Arora said that this can happen only after receiving formal communication from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and Law and Justice. Arora said that, he said 'We are waiting for formal communication from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Law Ministries.

Asked whether the much disputed issue in Assam would be implemented in the National Register of Citizens in West Bengal as well, Arora said the matter was being looked into by the Supreme Court. He said, 'Supreme Court should give verdict. It is currently for Assam. The Supreme Court has not ruled. I cannot judge and make predictions.

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