VVPATs don’t click pictures, don’t fall for hoax: EC Chief

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VVPATs don’t click pictures, don’t fall for hoax: EC Chief

New Delhi, Aug 6: Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat on Sunday dismissed the claims that “it would be known which button on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs)would be known” and urged the voters to not fall for the hoax. “Beware of the warning that asks an elector to vote for a particular candidate, stating ‘you have taken money and can’t fool us as the paper trail machine clicks your picture casting vote’,” says Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat.

Dismissing the claims as an unfounded rumour, Rawat said that the rumours are being spread by those who use money to buy votes. He said that the ones who are distributing money to buy votes tell people that they would know if another button is pressed as the paper trail machines take their picture while they (the voters) casting vote. He further added that the Election Commission would soon launch a campaign to dispel this myth.

“They tell the voters to cast vote in their favour in return of cash and if they do not wish to vote for it, they should not accept cash as the picture clicked by paper trail machine would expose them. We’ll tell them that whatever people say about paper trail machines, they should not believe it … no pictures are clicked,” Mr. Rawat explained.