The Election Commission on Saturday is set to announce the date for an “open challenge” for all political parties to prove tampering of EVMs. Ahead of the press conference, engineers from Bharat Electronics Limited and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd, the two PSU suppliers of the machines, demonstrated the working of EVMs and VVPAT machines to inform the media about its functionality.
Several parties like the AAP and the BSP had alleged tampering of EVMs in the recently-concluded elections to five states.
AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj even gave a live demonstration in Delhi Assembly two weeks ago on the functioning of EVMs and alleged that the machines can be tampered with by feeding a special code during the voting process. The Election Commission refuted the authenticity of the machines used by AAP during their demo and said the machine used was “bootlegged”. Several political parties, including AAP and BSP have alleged tampering of voting machines after recently concluded assembly elections and Delhi civic polls this year.
A meeting was conducted by EC last week with representatives of 55 political parties to discuss the on-going debate over reliability of the voting machines. The representatives were also asked to give suggestions into how the hackathon can be conducted. After the meeting, the EC said that VVPAT machines will be used in all the upcoming elections so that voters can verify that their votes have gone to the party that they have voted for using a paper slip. Several parties including TMC, RJD and BSP had suggested going back to paper ballots, after the meeting.