EVMs used by Election Commission are tamper-proof, poll panel tells parliamentary committee

May 20, 2017, 15:02
EVMs used by Election Commission are tamper-proof, poll panel tells parliamentary committee

Senior Commission officials, including Deputy Election Commissioners Umesh Sinha and Vijay Dev, had appeared before the committee today to speak on EVMs, paper trail machines and electoral reforms.

People who questioned reliability of EVMs have not yet submitted any proof or credible material to support their claim, said Nasim.

He said there is no chip or data stored in the machines that can be tampered with by any external devices and facilities such as mobile phone, bluetooth and external wireless, wi-fi and internet connection. However, changing of EVM components like the motherboard would not be allowed as the CEC said it was not possible under the current EC safeguards - technical and administrative.

The demonstration and press conference have been scheduled after constant allegations that the EC's electronic voting machines had been tampered with in recently held polls.

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The Aam Aadmi Party or AAP is leading the high-pitched allegation by the opposition parties that the electronic voting machines or EVMs being used now were tampered with in the Uttar Pradesh assembly election to ensure that the BJP won with a high margin in the state.

But the Election Commission doesnt expect anyone to win the challenge.

Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party found a common ground in their allegations that the EVMs were manipulated in the BJP's favour in the UP elections.

However, the poll body has maintained that EVMs are tamper-proof and can not be manipulated.

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In 2009, the EC had held out a similar challenge when it demonstrated the functioning of EVMs brought in from various parts of the country to Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

Last month, sixteen opposition parties had urged the Election Commission to revert to the paper ballot system saying that the alleged tampering has created trust deficit in the credibility of the EVMs. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said 3174 crores were released for almost 16 lakh VVPATs which will be ready by September 2018.

It also announced that all future elections will be held using Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail.

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