Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Friday, 17 March 2017

#EVMbahana



Bahen Mayawatiji / Bhai Kejriwalji :


It is understandable that you suspect tempering of EVMs which , you believe , caused you to lose recent elections


But Shri Zaidi , Election Commissioner says :

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EVM are tamperproof . Baseless , speculative and wild allegations are being made which deserve to be rejected .


We have complete faith in EVMs , which we have successfully used in 107 assembly and three national elections, since 2000


We already have 55 lakh VVPAT-enabled ( Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail ) EVMs and requesting government for release of Rs 3,174 Crore for buying another 15.5 lakh , which would require 30 months to be manufactured and procured


Your ( political parties’ ) representatives remain present, during following checks of EVMs :


·          First Level Check [ Months before polling ]

Determines the proper functioning of EVMs . Party reps are present for this exercise




·          Second Check [ after final candidate lists are out – 13 days before polling ]

EVMs are again tested in the presence of candidates / party agent, who sign a certificate that EVMS are in order




·          Before despatch to Booths

EVMs are paper-sealed with a unique security number . Once it’s on the machine, every candidate / representative has to sign on the seal




·          Mock Poll

Before actual voting , to check if buttons are rigged / malfunctioning



On top of all these precautions , there is this RANDOMISED SELECTION by computer to determine which EVMs will be sent to which constituency !

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Bahenji / Bhaiji ,

Let not all of this “ defence “ of EVMs, discourage you from sending following email to EC  :

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Dear Shri Zaidi ,

 We just cannot trust those 5.5 million ( 55 lakh ) GOVERNMENT-OWNED / CONTROLLED , EVMs


We want all voters ( approx. 814 million ) , to bring to the polling booth , their OWN / PERSONAL / MINIATURE EVMs , shrunk to the size of a MOBILE SMART PHONE


And we want them to cast their vote , using mobile app :





Do you know what happened in 2014 ?


As per news-reports , in Mumbai alone , some 50,000 people returned home without casting their votes - including Deepak Parekh ! Altogether , names of some 15 lakh voters ( out of a total of 98 lakh ) were missing  !



To ensure that such “ Gol-Maal “ never happens again , we are demanding


·          Immediate implementation of,


            Honey !  I shrunk the EVM  


          
·          One Day Polling 


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Bahenji / Bhaiji ,


Let me assure you of the following things :


·          If you mark a copy of your email to Shri Narendra Modiji , he will immediately support your demand and may even offer to join you in a “ Dharna “ in front of the Nirvachan Ayog Bhavan


·          Marking copies to all political parties will galvanize them into forming a “ Maha Gath Bandhan “ , which will quickly develop a strategy to win the 2019 National Elections by waging Election Campaign through launch of its own mobile app SAVE ( Smart App for Voter Education ) , before the 2018 State Elections




17  March  2017



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