NEW DELHI: Even before announcement of polls on February 26, the Election Commission had started receiving letters from West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee expressing misgivings about electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) and even demanding a third-party audit of the results.
On Sunday, with Trinamool Congress recording an impressive win in West Bengal, there were few murmurs about the reliability of EVMs and VVPATs.
EC officials said the results vindicated not only the infallibility of EVMs but also its decision to go in for elaborate security arrangements, including the deployment of a huge number of central forces, for the eight-phase election. “Thanks to the confidence building measures, electors could come out in huge numbers and vote fearlessly,” an official told TOI.
“The huge mandate for TMC shows that this facilitation was as much for its voters as for those of any other party,” he added.