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EC announces open challenge for political parties to tamper EVMs

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Election Commission gave a demonstration of polling process, with EVM and Voter-verifiable paper audit trail

Delhi, 20 May: Election Commission gave a demonstration of the polling process, with EVM and Voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) on Saturday.

The chief of election commission of India Naseem Zaidi held a press conference to brief on the matter and lamented that complaints came after elections in 5 states, but we did not receive credible material information on EVM tampering from complainants.

After allegations spread on EVM tampering, he clarified that Electronic Voting Machines are safe, they cannot be tampered. He explained that if EVMs are tampered with, they become useless and the polling process cannot be conducted then.

He also claimed that EVMs are stored in the strong room in presence of political parties, escorted back to strong room post poll and stored under 24×7 security. Also 16.15 lakh VVPATs are under production and Rs 3,173 crore have been sanctioned.

ECI EVMs are far superior to any EVMs used worldwide. ECI EVMs are fully different from any of the EVMs used internationally either for direct recording or for internet voting. Only 15 states in US used paper audit trail. But India will be the first country to have a 100% record.

ECI EVMs are far superior to any EVMs used worldwide. ECI EVMs are fully different from any of the EVMs used internationally either for direct recording or for internet voting. Only 15 states in US used paper audit trail. But India will be the first country to have a 100% record.

Replacement of internal circuit of EVMs is not possible. Our EVMs have strong technological features and are tamper-proof.

Trojan Horse (a key press sequence) can’t be inserted into EVMs since chip on EVM is one-time programmable and doesn’t have a Wi-fi chip.

Election Commission does not use the EVMs manufactured in abroad. All the machines used in the elections are manufactured in India. The rumours which have been spread are all wrong, CEC Nasim Zaidi said.

All the machines are stand alone machines, they can’t get connected to the internet, there is no chance of hacking. There is no frequency receiver and therefore, no tampering can be done via wireless devices

VVPAT will bring transparency in the election process, he added.

All upcoming elections will be held with VVPAT along with EVMs across polling stations, to bring in transparency.

Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi also announced hackathon from June 3 onwards.

Wefornews Bureau

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