Maharashtra assembly elections will be conducted on EVMs: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora

Arora said that EVM can malfunction like any other machine but can’t be tempered with as it is a standalone machine

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The opposition parties in Maharashtra have been opposing the use of Electric Voting Machines (EVMs) in the election process. Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray initiated a campaign against the EVM while demanding the use of ballot paper in the assembly elections. 

However, the Election Commission has clarified that the assembly elections in Maharashtra will be held with the help of EVM. Reacting to the demands of opposition for ballot paper use, Arora said that the use of ballot paper was not possible and is history now. 

Arora further said that EVM can malfunction like any other machine but can’t be tempered with as it is a standalone machine.

While addressing a press conference in Mumbai, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora informed that voting will be held through EVMs in Maharashtra assembly polls while adding that it was not possible to increase the poll expenditure per candidate for assembly constituencies. 

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Moreover, the chief election commissioner said that the model code of conduct, which will come in effect after the declaration of poll dates in Maharashtra, will not cause hindrance to the relief and rehabilitation work for flood victims in western Maharashtra.

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