Is India's ballot really secret?

A police officer casts his postal ballot at a polling station in Agartala, India, on April 8, 2019.
A police officer casts his postal ballot at a polling station in Agartala, India, on April 8, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI - While electronic voting machines (EVM) have been in use in India since 1998, recent remarks by politicians contesting the ongoing polls have revived a debate over whether data from the machines are inadvertently revealing details about voter patterns.

Last month, Ms Maneka Gandhi, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and a federal minister, told a group of Muslims in Uttar Pradesh's Sultanpur constituency, that if they do not vote for her, they should not expect her to help them if she wins.

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