New Delhi, Apr 2 : The Congress on Tuesday promised to scrap the opaque Electoral Bond Scheme, claiming that the scheme was designed to favour the ruling party.
The 54-page election document of the main opposition party devoted four points to electoral reforms, promising to set up a national election fund to which any person may make a contribution and the funds would be allocated at the time of elections to recognised political parties in accordance with criteria laid down by law.
On Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the party said that it would ensure that EVMs and VVPATs are tamperproof. “During counting, the count in at least 50 per cent of the EVMs will be matched against the physical count of the voting slips in the corresponding VVPATs,' it said.
The manifesto said the greatest challenge to free and fair elections was the Election Commission's inability to prevent the use of black money in election campaigns and the use of inducements to influence voters. “We will take steps to curb and eliminate this menace,' it promised. (UNI)