Election Commission gets ready for EVM challenge

Election Commission to Hold Live Demo of EVMs VVPATs Saturday

Election Commission to Hold Live Demo of EVMs VVPATs Saturday

The Election Commission will announce the schedule, venue and modalities of its EVM challenge on Saturday afternoon. The political parties would also be invited to demonstrate that the Electoral Voting Machines used during the recent Assembly elections had been tampered with.

Even the Software Programme Code of these EVMs is written in-house, by these two companies, not outsourced, and subjected to security procedures at factory level to maintain the highest levels of integrity, officials said. The party said given a chance, it can prove that the machines can be hacked.

The poll panel also opposed state funding saying it will not be able to check a candidate's own expenditures during elections.

Election Commission India announced that henceforth, VVPATs would be used in all the Assembly and General elections. The EC has however, at all times, maintained that the EVMs used in all elections can not be tampered with or manipulated.

Once the dates are finalised, a team of experts from each political party will be asked to visit the EC.

The demonstration will be hosted to prove that EVMs are tamper-proof.

At an all-party meeting on May 12, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi had said that political parties had to demonstrate their claim that EVMs used in the recent assembly polls could have been tampered with.

The EVMs are tamper-proof and the use of paper trail will further enhance the confidence of the voters in the poll process, the Election Commission told a parliamentary panel today.

There were, however, some parties whose representatives said their faith in the machines has eroded and the EC should revert to the old ballot paper system.

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