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Ex-Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla delivers guru series lecture

Former Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla recently delivered guru series of lectures during his visit to the Shoolini University where he spoke about the importance of voting and whether Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can be hacked.

Mr. Chawla delivered a lecture titled ‘Composition and Function of the Election Commission’. He spoke about the experiences and challenges he faced while serving as the Chief Election Commissioner of India from 2009 to 2010. He spearheaded the Indian general elections conducted between April and May 2009.

While throwing light on the challenges faced by the election commission, he gave instances from the J&K and Jharkhand election procedures. At these places, the election staff has to encounter great difficulty while ensuring fairness of the electoral process. He added, “Despite a fair number of challenges, the association with the Election Commission was more than satisfying as it established and strengthened our country’s image for conducting free and fair elections.” He also encouraged students to vote and become part of nation building in addition to persuading them to develop good character and moral values.

Speaking to the students at Shoolini University, Mr. Chawla said that youngsters must vote and acknowledge the importance of voting system in a democratic nation like India, which is the largest democracy in the world.

Rejecting the claim of Aam Aadmi Party that the EVMs were tampered with, he said such hacking doesn’t seem plausible.