NPP Supremo calls on Shri Brahma to greet him as new Chief Election Commissioner of India

Prof.Bhim Singh, Supremo of J&K National Panthers Party and Human Rights Lawyer today called on Shri H.S. Brahma, Chief Election Commissioner of India at Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi and congratulated him as the Chief Election Commissioner of India hoping that his initiative may bring desirable change in the electoral system particularly in respect of use of EVMs as per direction of the Supreme Court for the use of ‘paper trail’ in the system.

Prof.Bhim Singh in his letter addressed to the CEC stated that,

‘The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in its Judgment dated 08.10.2013 clearly laid down the law that,

“From the materials placed by both the sides, we are satisfied that the “paper trail” is an indispensable requirement of free and fair elections. The confidence of the voters in the EVMs can be achieved only with the introduction of the “paper trail”. EVMs with VVPAT system ensure the accuracy of the voting system. With an intent to have fullest transparency in the system and to restore the confidence of the voters, it is necessary to set up EVMs with VVPAT system because vote is nothing but an act of expression which has immense importance in democratic system.”

It is submitted that after one year of the judgment no initiative has been taken to introduce‘paper trail’ in the EVMs which is threatening the credibility of democracy and people’s faith in the EVMs.

Elections in J&K were held in December, 2014 more than one year after the judgment of the Supreme Court. The polling percentage shown from 70 to 85% in the hilly areas of the state was alarming as there was no check because the ‘paper trail’ system was not introduced in the state. The faith of the people in democracy is fading particularly when the EVMs were brought to J&K via Gujarat and purchased without tenders from a particular company in the public sector. The Panthers Party has been demanding introduction of ‘paper trail’ system, cancellation of the present poll so that fresh elections may be held in the state with the ‘paper trail’ system.

It is submitted that general elections of Assembly in NCT of Delhi have been notified but there is no indication whether ‘paper trail’ system in the EVMs shall be followed.

It is submitted that the ‘paper trail’ system should be introduced without any further delay so that people’s faith in the electoral system is not completely demolished because in that case the entire democratic system shall be put under question on its credibility. Once the people loose faith in democracy, the violent forces and enemies of peace shall exploit the situation to add to the anarchy. That can endanger not only democracy but the unity of the country.”

 

Attached: Judgment of the Supreme Court on 08.10.2013.  SC Judgment on 08.10.2013 on EVMs

District Returning Officer favouring BJP, Congress & NC in J&K

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron, National Panthers Party in his letter addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner of India made a strong protest against the District Returning Officer of Jammu District who has been harassing the Panthers Party workers, creating hurdles in their movement to campaign for the party. NPP Supremo accused District Returning Officer who has got Panthers Party vehicles lifted from its office, NPP headquarters in Jammu District Returning Officer has threatened with dire consequences if all the flags, banners and posters are not removed from the party office. This party office (30-B, Gandhinagar) has been duly allotted to Prof.Bhim Singh by the state.
Prof.Bhim Singh in his letter to CEC accused that some observers are acting at the behest of BJP and the State government to harass the party workers. The District Returning Officer has got Panthers Party vehicles lifted and refused to return the vehicles in spite of the fact that the office of the Chief Electoral Officer has given appropriate permission to use the loudspeakers with PAS.

Kashmir Provincial Committee JKNPP meets CEC in Srinagar, urges for Governor Rule for free and fair elections

Several representatives of several political parties who were invited by the Chief Election Commissioner, Mr. V.S. Sampath today met the CEC in Srinagar. A delegation of the Panthers Party comprising Shri Masood Andrabi (State Vice President) and Shri Farooq Ahmed Dar (Provincial President) met the CEC in Srinagar and explained him the situation that prevails today in Kashmir Valley. The NPP delegation demanded Governor Rule in J&K to ensure free and fair polls in the State. They also told the CEC that there is no governance in the state and the flood-affected people have not been provided relief or compensation for their crop or the damages to their houses, orchids or land. The NPP delegation apprised CEC that there is no political office functioning in Kashmir Valley at its capital, Srinagar because of the total damage caused in Srinagar. They told the CEC that the office of the Panthers Party was completely damaged and there is no space for the party to function in the near future. NPP delegation further explained to the CEC that NPP Chief Patron, Prof.Bhim Singh who visited this week had no place to spend the night because the entire Circuit House, Guest House and all other security places have been demolished by flood. They said that Prof.Bhim Singh had to spend a night in some unknown place.

The Panthers Party delegation also submitted an interim report of the Committee appointed by the Supreme Court regarding relief and rehabilitation process which they said deserves consideration of the CEC to ensure free and fair elections with participation of the people.

The CEC assured to consider all suggestions of the NPP delegation.