New Delhi, March 16: The Election Commission issued an official statement to brush off the claims of political parties and said electronic voting machines (EVMs) were tamper proof and allegations are “baseless, speculative and wild”.
“It is not for the first time that such allegations and suspicions have been raised. But none of those alleging tampering has been able to demonstrate to the commission… that EVMs used by it can be manipulated or tampered with,” the Election Commission said in a statement.
The poll panel also cited in the statement that EC did not receive specific complaints or concrete material from political parties/candidates about alleged tampering of EVMs in just-concluded assembly elections in five states. It said, “If any specific allegation with material facts is presented to the ECI, the same will be looked into with all seriousness.”
“At this stage, baseless, speculative and wild allegations are being made which deserve to be rejected,” the poll panel said.
Since 2000, Electronic Voting Machines have been used in 107 elections to state legislative assemblies and three Lok Sabha elections held in 2004, 2009 and 2014.
The poll panel said that it will “further enhance confidence of citizens in its electoral process by deploying paper audit trail (VVPAT) in a phased manner”.
It is interesting to note here that after the 2009 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had also raised similar misgivings about the integrity of the EVMs.
On March 11, after the poll results, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Supremo Mayawati had claimed that EVMs were tampered with to favour the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Yesterday, putting weight to BSP chief’s allegations, Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) demanded that the Delhi municipal elections are held using paper ballots.
The state election commission has rejected the demand, saying it was too late to do so at this stage.
Former Advisor to Election Commission, K J Rao also said today there are lots of technical securities in the Indian EVMs, they can never be tampered with.
There are lots of technical securities in the Indian EVMs, they can never be tampered with: KJ Rao, Former Advisor to Election Commission pic.twitter.com/sYp0cvpQZR
— ANI (@ANI) March 16, 2017