Rijiju said voter fraud is a serious problem and the government is considering at the level of the Union Justice Minister how to control fraudulent votes.
Linking Aadhaar to the voters list is one of the ways. From now on, linking Aadhaar to the voters list is voluntary. Our aim is to ensure “one nation, one voters list” to check for double names in the voters list and fraudulent voting and ensure a clean voting process, he told Question Time.
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But before making any decision, we need to make sure the process is safe and transparent and non-malfunctioning, he said. When Congressman Manish Tewari asked if the source code for the EVMs stayed with the company that makes the EVMs or if it was handed over to the EC, Rijiju said it was like appointing judges.
Judges are appointed by the government but once appointed they become independent. No one should question EVMs and there should be no inference either, he said. As Tewari insisted that he had not gotten the proper answer to his question, President Om Birla stepped in and said that India’s democracy and its electoral process were highly appreciated by the whole world.
Birla said that during his trip to many countries, people showed great esteem for Indian democracy. He said it is the biggest democracy in the world and yet it conducts elections so well.
People say they haven’t seen such a good system working in such a big country and everyone should appreciate the system, he said. Rijiju said, “We want maximum votes and a healthy system. India’s electoral system has been called the best system in the world.”
Responding to another question, he said there were no proposals under consideration by the government to enact a law to impose compulsory voting in the country. “The government also cannot force those who are in prison to vote because they are under the jurisdiction of the courts,” he said.
“We want maximum votes and a healthy system. People around the world appreciate our system,” he added.