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The first story of EVM tampering: When the candidate who lost by 123 votes approached the Supreme Court and the whole picture changed

First election by EVM: For the first time in the country, EVMs were used in the 1982 assembly elections in Kerala. When it was put up for voting in 50 polling stations of Paravur assembly seat of Kerala, it became a topic of discussion among the people and the first controversy also started from here, know its full story…

Controversy arose even before the launch of EVMs in the Kerala Assembly elections.

Whether the election is of the Legislative Assembly or the Lok Sabha, the discussion of EVMs starts from the day itself. Sometimes there is an allegation of tampering with EVMs and sometimes the blame of defeat is also put on EVMs. election commission (Election Commission of India) According to, EVMs for the first time in India (Electronic Voting Machine) Used for the assembly elections held in Kerala in May, 1982 (Assembly election) was done in. When it was put up for voting in 50 polling stations of Paravur assembly seat of Kerala, it became a topic of discussion among the people. It was discussed among the people for a long time. Interestingly, after the defeat, the method of accusing the candidate of tampering with the EVMs has been going on for years.

Controversy arose even before the launch of EVMs in the Kerala Assembly elections. When, why and how this dispute arose, what was the decision in this matter after reaching the court, know the full story…

There was a difference of 123 votes and Congress raised questions on EVMs

According to the report of The Hindu, elections were held in Paravoor Legislative Assembly on 19 May 1982. The big contest was between the candidate of the political party CPI (CPI) Sivan Pillai and former Speaker of the Congress AC Jose. On the day of election, voting was conducted through EVMs at 50 out of 84 booths of Paravoor assembly constituency. Due to the presence of electronic machines, the voting process at these booths was completed in less time as compared to ballot paper.

Now it was the turn for the counting of votes. The counting of votes was completed very soon where the election was held with EVMs as compared to the ballot papers. Sivan Pillai of CPI defeated AC Jose of Congress. Pillai got 30,450 votes while Joz got 30,327. The difference was very less. Despite this, Congress raised questions on EVMs.

The matter reached the High Court

After raising questions on EVMs, Jose filed a petition in the High Court. The petition said, without parliamentary permission, the Election Commission used EVMs in the elections. Although the court rejected Jose’s petition, he did not stop. Took the matter to the Supreme Court. Efforts were made and the Supreme Court ordered to conduct re-polling through ballot paper in those 50 booths of Paravur assembly. Not only this, in the re-election, Joz also won the election by a margin of 2 thousand votes.

After the order of the Supreme Court in 1984, the Election Commission banned the use of EVMs for the time being. However, later the Parliament amended its act to make EVMs legal and from 1998 onwards, it was used in the assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

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