Opposition Parties meet against EVMs

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NEW DELHI: The opposition has launched a united attack on the Electronic Voting Machines, and called for a return to ballot paper.The meeting of at least six key parties took place in Delhi this afternoon, two days before the first phase of the national elections and three days before the next.Chandrababu Naidu, who was addressing reporters after a meeting of opposition leaders, said very few countries have opted for EVMs. “Paper trail is indispensable for EVMs,” he said.

After reports of malfunctioning of EVMs on Thursday during Andhra assembly polls, Naidu had said he may move the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Election Commission to tally slips from at least 25 per cent Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines with EVMs in each assembly constituency in the state.Elections in Mr Naidu’s Andhra Pradesh for both Lok Sabha and the state assembly were held in the first phase on Thursday.

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