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EVMs not tamper-proof: Swamy

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Subramanian Swamy
The Hindu Subramanian Swamy

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Wants printed receipt issued to voter

CHENNAI: Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Saturday asserted that electronic voting machines, presently manufactured by the Electronic Corporation of India Ltd and Bharat Electronics Ltd, were not tamper-proof as claimed by the Election Commission and it was possible to manipulate them.

Addressing journalists here, Dr.Swamy said that while he was not against the use of EVMs, he wanted the Commission to issue a printed receipt to the voter after exercising his franchise. The receipt was a requirement under the Information Technology Act, 2000, which the Commission was not ready to comply with.

Dr. Swamy said several countries were of the view that it was possible to hack and rig the EVMs. He would prove his claim before the Commission soon. He also asked the Centre to constitute a multi-disciplinary monitoring unit under the CBI to probe into allegations that several Indian politicians were being funded by the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. In his letter to Prime Minister, Dr.Swamy stated that according to a Sri Lankan Minister, documents seized from the abandoned LTTE headquarters had revealed that 27 Indian politicians, including some leaders in Tamil Nadu, were on the Tigers payroll.

Dr. Swamy would undertake a State-wide tour from the middle of November as part of the party’s preparations to face the 2011 Assembly elections. He would organise workers’ meetings and public meetings.

The Janata Party, in alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party, would contest all the 234 Assembly constituencies.

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