CEC Sunil Arora said on Saturday some people had turned EVMs into a flogging horse after results did not go in their favour and reiterated that EVMs would not be replaced by ballots. According to him, efforts were on to make EVMs malfunction-free but one had to still contend with human error.
“The rate of malfunction is less than 1%. In the last Lok Sabha polls, there were only five instances of human error,” he told IIM-C students. However, there are issues about which EC is worried. While Rs 1,200 crore in cash and other unaccounted-for valuables were seized before and during the elections in 2014, the figure was Rs 3,475 crore this year. EC also had to appoint special expenditure observers for Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra, and four special police observers for West Bengal and Tripura.