EVM row: Rahul Gandhi asks EC to ‘ensure transparency or abolish EVMs’ amid row over Mumbai North West seat

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi joined growing calls for transparency on Monday amid allegations of vote manipulation in Mumbai. The Wayanad and Raebareli MP-designate urged the election Commission to ‘ensure transparency’ or abolish the use of electronic voting machines. The remarks came even as the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction indicated plans to approach the Supreme Court over its defeat from Mumbai North West by a mere 48 votes.

“When democratic institutions are captured, the only safeguard lies in electoral processes that are transparent to the public. EVM is currently a black box. EC must either ensure complete transparency of the machines and processes, or abolish them,” Gandhi asserted.

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He had previously joined other Opposition leaders in quoting a post by X and Tesla chief Elon Musk about the ‘too high’ risk of hacking that came with EVMs. Gandhi also quoted the Midday report to call for accountability. 

“Democracy ends up becoming a sham and prone to fraud when institutions lack accountability,” he said in an earlier post. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 17 Jun 2024, 05:18 PM IST

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