Ahead of EVM hacking challenge, EC meets 55 parties today

Pauline Gross
May 20, 2017

Meanwhile, BJP legislator from Rajouri Garden Manjinder Singh Sirsa said: "The EC today informed in detail about the security features of the EVMs and asserted that they can not be tampered with at all". Is our EVM is safe that no one can tamper it? The second question is whether the EVMs were tampered in the recent Assembly elections.

The Election Commission, however, said the AAP "demonstrated" in Delhi Assembly on prototype Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and not on Election Commission of India Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), sources said.

While AAP's Saurabh Bharadwaj, who is said to be an engineer, demonstrated how codes could be used to turn votes to favour any particular party, Kejriwal dared the EC to hand over their machines for AAP to demonstrate how they could be hacked as well. It gained momentum after the Delhi civic polls, which the Bharatiya Janata Party won by a large margin, and the AAP blamed the EVMs for their loss.

Some parties have demanded they be allowed access to the machines used in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls.

The meeting came at a time after the Aam Aadmi Party proved in the Delhi Assembly that the machines could be tampered recently.

These opposition parties had also conveyed their concerns on the EVMs to President Pranab Mukherjee.

The Election Commission today convened an all-party meeting over the issue of EVM and other electoral reforms.

Election commission had brusquely rejected AAP's allegations of faulty EVMS.

The Election Commission too has repeatedly asserted that the EVMs can not be tampered with.

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He, however, did not give any date for the proposed challenge which he announced in his opening remarks at the meeting.

He said EVMs do not enjoy their trust any more.

The VVPAT-equipped EVMs dispense paper slips which help voters confirm that their vote has indeed gone to the candidate of their choice. "At least if we switch back to ballot paper there will be no apprehensions left", it added.

Explaining how AAP's team would prove that EVMs were tampered with, he said, "We will ask every party to name any five booths where it suspects that the EVMs were rigged".

Citing a news report by CNN-News18 channel, he said: "CNN-News18 in its report showed discrepancies in the donations that AAP received".

From all India Trinamool Congress's perspective, Mukul Roy demanded reintroduction of paper ballot system.

He said once the polls close, EVMS are sealed, numbers are noted and EVMs are taken under security to the strongrooms where they are kept till the counting day.

The EC also asserted that the 2019 Lok Sabha elections would take place in the VVPAT format.

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