Transparency of EVM Machines are being examined : MP,Goa

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Shantaram Naik M P and Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee of Personnel, Public Grievances Law and Justice said that all the political parties which appeared before the Committee have expressed doubts as regards transparency of Electronic Voting Machines and have said that these machines can be manipulated and hence should be banned.

Naik ,who presided over the meeting of standing Committee on Friday in Shillong said while addressing media ,that high ranking officers of Assam, Meghalaya,Mizoram, Tripura,Manipur and Nagaland appeared before the committee and expressed their views.

Indian National congress, BJP, NCP, CPI, CPM, Asom Gana Parishad, All India United Democratic Front, Bodoland Peoples front, United Democratic Party, Hills State Peoples Democratic Party and 6 other regional political parties and two NGOs presented their views on Code of Conduct, Anti- defection Law and other related matters.

Naik said that the committee is also examining whether right of making application under anti-defection law should available to every citizen in the country as stated by Supreme Court in their recent judgment in a Orissa case. The committee is also examining whether ceiling on expenditure prescribed under the law requires any changes.

A strong view emanated at the meeting that Code of Conduct should be enforced from the date of notification of elections and not from the date of announcement of elections by the Election Commission, in view of the fact that the development work suffers if Code of Conduct remains in force for too long a period and, the situation become worst if elections to Assembly, Lok Sabha and Parliament are held in the same year.

Committee proposes to examine powers of EC under article 324 of the constitution. Mr Naik said that Election Commission is merely supposed to point out to the existing provisions of law so that they are strictly followed by political parties but are not entitled to ‘create’ their own laws.


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