New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu visited the EC office here Saturday to complain about the malfunctioning of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during polling in the state Thursday.
A day after polling for all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh, which was marred by the malfunctioning of some EVMs, Naidu blasted the Election Commission (EC) for what he called ‘turning the elections into a big farce’.
Naidu told the media that polling was delayed at several places as the EVMs were not functioning. He said an EVM was not working where Chief Electoral Officer Gopal Krishna Dwivedi went to cast his vote.
He said at least now the Election Commission should review its stand on EVMs.
“We have long been saying that there is scope for technical problems and manipulation in EVMs. Even technologically advanced countries are using ballot papers,” the TDP chief said.
He said 22 political parties in the country demanded that at least the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips be counted. He did not agree with the Election Commission that counting of all VVPAT slips will take six days.