EVMs used by EC are tamper-proof, parliamentary panel told

EVMs used by EC are tamper-proof, parliamentary panel told

EVMs used by EC are tamper-proof, parliamentary panel told

The Election Commission will also hold a press conference on the "EVM Challenge". Arvind Kejriwal claimed that the Election Commission had "promised" to prove that its electronic voting machines or EVMs can not be rigged.

The Election Commission of India is all set for a public test of its Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) amid criticism from some political parties from the opposition over its vulnerability to tampering.

An EC official said the challenge will not be restricted to machines used in recent assembly polls.

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The Election Commission will on Saturday hold a demonstration on the working of EVMs and VVPATs to allay fears that these can be tampered with in favour of a particular candidate/party.

The AAP had welcomed the poll panel's announcement of holding an EVM challenge but insisted on the "hackathon".

He said parties can try and prove that EVMs can be tampered with even under strict technical and administrative safeguards as applicable during elections. The EC has however, at all times, maintained that the EVMs used in all elections can not be tampered with or manipulated.

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Last week, after a meeting with 55 national and state political parties, Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi had said that in all future elections they will use EVMs with VVPAT.

After several opposition parties urged the EC to revert to ballot paper system, the parliamentary committee had summoned senior officials of the poll panel to discuss issues related to the reliability of EVMs.

While the BJP, CPI, CPI (M), AIADMK, DMK, NCP and JD (U) clearly supported the use of EVMs, provided paper trail machines are attached to it, BSP, AAP, Trinamool Congress said the paper ballot system was better and more transparent.

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