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Human error is the reason behind some faulty EVMs, says former CEC TS Krishnamurthy

Updated : May 07, 2019 11:20 PM IST

EVMs do not make mistakes, however, the people operating the machines may be the reason behind some faulty EVMs, said TS Krishnamurthy, former CEC.

"To the best of my knowledge, these EVMs do not make mistakes. The men operating the machine, the polling personnel operating it, may make a mistake. In every polling booth, before the election starts, there is mock polling to verify whether the machine gives the correct result or not. If there is a complaint of malfunctioning, it is only because of human error and not because of the machines," he told CNBC-TV18.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday junked the opposition's review petition on EVMs. 21 opposition parties had moved the apex court seeking verification of at least 25 percent VVPATs.

"The Supreme Court ruling is welcomed, I think it settles the issue and hopefully the political parties will accept that. Let us see when the results come what kind of response is there from the political parties, " Krishnamurthy added.

"The election commission had given the opposition parties an opportunity to come and check the EVM machine, it was open for all the political parties, every single political party in India who wanted to check the EVMs but none of them turned up because they wanted to make it a political issue. If there had been any issue they would have gone and addressed that issue and highlighted it to election commission but they did not do that," said Syed Zafar Islam, BJP spokesperson.
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