Skip to main content

Missed call drive for VVPAT verification follows online plea to "pressure" poll panel

By Our Representative
Several political activists have begun a new campaign, asking concerned citizens to give a missed call on 9667655855 to “support the demand that 2019 Loksabha elections must be declared only after verification of 50% electronic voting machines (EVMs) with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) receipts.” The effort, supported by civil society networks across India, is meant to "further pressure" India's election machinery to ensure that the poll outcome becomes more transparent.
Based on the number of missed calls sent, to continue for still unspecified days, a mobile vendor, hired by civil society activists, would collect the data and hand it over to the those who have floated the idea to be further forwarded to the Election Commission of India (ECI) and the Supreme Court. The data would add up to the number of individuals who are supporting the campaign for 50% VVPAT verification.
The missed call campaign comes close on the heel of an online petition, proposed to be sent to ECI and the Supreme Court, which has agreed to hear a petition by 21 political parties led by Andhra chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on 50% verification of VVPAT receipts as against just about 0.4%. The petition has been floated by senior Ahmedabad-based environmental activist, Mahesh Pandya.
The effort, says Pandya, is to answer the question that may be posed by any individual, “I voted for the Lok Sabha elections, but I am worried. I am worried my vote may not go to party I voted for.” Adds Pandya, “This is a common statement a lot of Indians who have voted so far are reporting. There have been many reported cases of EVM malfunctioning in the first phase of the elections.”
While EVMs are a machine where the name of the candidates along with the names of their party and the symbol are placed, VVPAT, placed next to it maintains printed record of the votes cast” so that one can “verify that your vote has gone to the same person you have voted, and are an indispensable requirement of free and fair election. In all, there are today 16,15,000 VVPAT machines are placed next to EVMs.
Mahesh Pandya
The online petition claims, it is “malfunctioning of the EVMs has led to 21 political parties approaching the Supreme Court of India”, adding, “They demanded that to win the faith of the people in EVM, 50% of EVMs must be verified with paper trail of VVPAT.” They did this as the Election Commission of India (ECI) “verified” during earlier elections only one EVM machine randomly through VVPAT in an Assembly segment, which is “a mere 0.4%.”
“Despite the fact that over Rs 3,000 crore was spent in purchasing VVPAT machines, their data is not being verified”, the petition by Pandya states, adding, “The Supreme Court stated that it would verify data from 5 EVMs making that a 2% verification. While the best case scenario is a 100% verification, through this petition, I am asking for a 50 percent random verification of EVM through VVPAT before declaring the results.”
Meanwhile, an email alert on why VVPAT is necessary, and why should the missed call and the petition campaigns should be supported, seeks to answer questions tangled questions regarding the apprehension among many citizens no matter which button one presses, one is not sure as to which party it is going to. Calling it a cause of major worry, the email alart says, while VVPAT, placed next to EVM, does display “the name/symbol of the person” one votes, it also “maintains printed record of the votes cast”, something that should be counted cent per cent.
Insisting that such counting should help “verify” that the vote one has cast has gone to the same person one has voted, the email alert states, “Until 1999 all our elections were done manually. But there were many complaints of corruption and bogus voting. On November 7, 1975 the Supreme Court held that free and fair elections are part of the basic structure of the Constitution of India.”
Suggesting that this led to the introduction EVMs, as “with the increasing number of voters, elections through manual voting were becoming difficult” with the number of voters reaching a whopping 90 crore in the Lok Sabha elections, the explanatory note says, things came to such a pass that EVMs were not considered fool proof either, hence, “on October 9, 2013 Supreme Court (in the case of Subramanyam Swami vs ECI) decided that paper trail is an ‘indispensable’ requirement of free and fair election.”
To make elections transparent ECI ordered 1,615,000 VVPAT machines at the cost of Rs 3,173.47 crore. The entire Lok Sabha election of 2019 is being held with VVPAT for the first time. But as the malfunctioning of EVMs continues, 21 political parties approached Supreme Court of India, demanding, 50 per cent of EVMs must be verified with VVPAT, if not all.

Comments

Anonymous said…
What about the real fear of the evm machine itself being changed.
In the news recently...A huge number of machines are unaccounted for...Missing.!

This would be a great fraud on the nation...


Unknown said…
I FEEL SOMETHING FISHY ABOUT EVMs MACHINE HOW COME BJP PARTY KNOW'S THAT THEY ARE GOING TO GET 300 OR ABOVE BEFORE THE RESULTS STARTING NEXT TIME ELECTION SHOULD BE OF BALLOT PAPERS MOT EVMs I FIND FRAUD
Anonymous said…
Even in 2014 elections, BJP had begun their celebrations (ordering laddoos on large scale) without waiting for results...

This time, they have not succeeded yet in getting those numbers but are trying to replace EVMs after showing on media these fake exit polls.

EVM hacker Syed Shuja (who did press conference in London) claims he has restricted NDA to around 170 seats despite all the attempts by BJP at data transmission to EVMs,using pre-programmed EVMs, and fake voting, etc.

Strong rooms need to be guarded very seriously.
Unknown said…
Definitely there is something fishy. Why is EC hesitating to verify 5vvpats before evms? 😳 😳 Quite surprising.
Make voting process a transparent one.
Election Commission should take note of it.
Supreme Court as the highest institution of Justice in our country and which has the responsibility to uphold the basic tenets of our Constitution ,must take positive steps to restore the confidence of the nation in voting process.
Unknown said…
If a man like Modi can buy up the media , & make them dance to his tune ,then then there is no doubt that he can even buy up all other institutions including the EC,the Supreme court & the CBI. So all the more we cannot let the BJP go Scott free. Anonymous.
Unknown said…
Please pay close attention to the problems within the EC. We need to listen to what Shri Lavasa, one of the honest and sincere Official to what is happening in the EC.
Anonymous said…
At the polling booth in Mount Mary School
Bandra, Mumbai for North West constituency on 29th April when I cast my vote I was told ‘your vote is recorded’ but even on asking for the receipt I was told no receipts are being given! I’m sure all those you voted there must have had the same experience.
All humbug !

How can I/ we be sure that my / our vote went to the candidate I wanted ?? Humbug...: crooks
Unknown said…
It will be fair elections if you take election on a ballot paper because EVM machine can be Hacked easily..anonymous
Unknown said…
Yes of course there is something fishy in this matter.
Unknown said…
Yes of course there is something goalmaal in this election.
Unknown said…
Today all the institutions which are the caretakers of the constitution are weak. The chiefs of the institutions are trapped in one way or another. Therefore to expect impartiality from them is foolishness. The election commission should itself decided to count the VVPAT votes instead of the opposition demanding it. It was a logical conclusion.
LUCAS ROSARIO said…
EVM machines or any electronic equipment can be pre programed as per the results you want. Why did Mr. Modi bring officials from Gujarat and place them as EC and in CBI to carryout his orders.A good leader does not indulgence in such activities. We need to insist only on ballet paper we the people are the rulers and not politicins or beurocrats.
Save India from Modi rule
Anonymous said…
The entire Election excercise itself is a fraud and cheating on genuine voters
Anonymous said…
When calling this number, a message is broadcasted stating this number does not exist.
Unknown said…
What's the use of such filthy and #jhol of EVM Elections. Why can't we have a clean and transparent Elections by ballot papers.

TRENDING

'Flawed' argument: Gandhi had minimal role, naval mutinies alone led to Independence

Counterview Desk Reacting to a Counterview  story , "Rewiring history? Bose, not Gandhi, was real Father of Nation: British PM Attlee 'cited'" (January 26, 2016), an avid reader has forwarded  reaction  in the form of a  link , which carries the article "Did Atlee say Gandhi had minimal role in Independence? #FactCheck", published in the site satyagrahis.in. The satyagraha.in article seeks to debunk the view, reported in the Counterview story, taken by retired army officer GD Bakshi in his book, “Bose: An Indian Samurai”, which claims that Gandhiji had a minimal role to play in India's freedom struggle, and that it was Netaji who played the crucial role. We reproduce the satyagraha.in article here. Text: Nowadays it is said by many MK Gandhi critics that Clement Atlee made a statement in which he said Gandhi has ‘minimal’ role in India's independence and gave credit to naval mutinies and with this statement, they concluded the whole freedom struggle.

BSF should take full responsibility for death of 4 kids in West Bengal: Rights defender

By Kirity Roy*  One is deeply disturbed and appalled by the callous trench-digging by BSF in Chetnagachh village under Daspara Gram Panchayat, Chopra, North Dinajpur District, West Bengal that has claimed the lives of four children. Along the entire stretch of Indo-Bangladesh border of West Bengal instead of guarding the actual border delineated by the international border pillars, BSF builds fences and digs trenches well inside the Indian territory, passing through villages and encroaching on private lands, often without due clearance or consent. 

A Hindu alternative to Valentine's Day? 'Shiv-Parvati was first love marriage in Universe'

By Rajiv Shah*   The other day, I was searching on Google a quote on Maha Shivratri which I wanted to send to someone, a confirmed Shiv Bhakt, quite close to me -- with an underlying message to act positively instead of being negative. On top of the search, I chanced upon an article in, imagine!, a Nashik Corporation site which offered me something very unusual. 

Students, lawyers, professors detained in Delhi for demonstrating in support of farmers

By Our Representative  About 25 protestors, belonging to the civil rights network, Campaign Against State Repression (CASR), a coalition of over 40 organisations, were detained at Jantar Mantar for holding a demonstration in support of the farmers' stir on Friday. Those detained included students, lawyers and professors, including Prof Nandita Narain and Prof N Sachin. 

Social justice day amidst 'official neglect' of salt pan workers in Little Rann of Kutch

By Prerana Pamkar*  In India’s struggle for Independence, the Salt Satyagraha stands as a landmark movement and a powerful symbol of nonviolent resistance. Led by Mahatma Gandhi, countless determined citizens walked from Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi in Gujarat. However, the Gujarat which witnessed the power of the common Indian during the freedom struggle is now in the throes of another significant movement: this time it is seeking to free salt pan workers from untenable working conditions in the Little Rann of Kutch (LRK).

How GMOs would destroy non-GMO crops: Aruna Rodrigues' key submissions in SC

Counterview Desk The introduction of Bt and HT crops will harm the health of 1 billion Indians and their animals, believes Aruna Rodrigues, who has made some 60 submissions to the Supreme Court (SC) during the last 20 years. As lead petitioner who filed Public Interest Litigation in 2005, during a spate of intense hearings, which ended on 18 January 2024, she fought in the Apex Court to prevent the commercialization of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Indian agriculture. 

Jallianwala massacre: Why Indian govt hasn't ever officially sought apology from UK

By Manjari Chatterjee Miller*  The king of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, apologized in July 2023 for his ancestors’ role in the colonial slave trade. He is not alone in expressing remorse for past wrongs. In 2021, France returned 26 works of art seized by French colonial soldiers in Africa – the largest restitution France has ever made to a former colony. In the same year, Germany officially apologized for its 1904-08 genocide of the Herero and Nama people of Namibia and agreed to fund reconstruction and development projects in Namibia. .

Interpreting UAPA bail provisions: Is Supreme Court setting the clock back?

By Kavita Srivastava*, Dr V Suresh** The Supreme Court in its ruling on 7th February, 2024 in   `Gurvinder Singh v State of Punjab’ held that its own well-developed jurisprudence that "Bail is the rule and jail the exception" will not apply to those charged under the UAPA.

Will Budget 2024 help empower city govts, make them India's growth engines?

By Soumyadip Chattopadhyay, Arjun Kumar* Cities in India are envisioned as engines of growth. Any meaningful long-term vision for India would be incomplete without planning for the cities and quite rightly, urbanization is considered as one of the country’s top developmental challenges. Realization of full potential of cities depends crucially on their ability to provide ‘enabling’ environment especially in terms of sustained provision of a wide range of urban infrastructure and services.

A 'distorted narrative' of Indian politics: Congress failing to look beyond LS polls

By Prem Singh*  About 15 days ago, I told a senior journalist friend that there are not even two   months left for the Lok Sabha elections, Rahul Gandhi is roaming around on a delectation (tafreeh). The friend probably found my comment exasperating and replied that he is not on a delectation trip. The conversation between us on this topic ended there.