EVM coding can be pre-tampered with at stage of writing software: Digvijaya Singh

"EC limiting objections to EVM to hacking. It must allow examination of possibility of software tampering at stage of writing it from server," Singh said in a tweet.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 16, 2017 4:43 pm
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Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Sunday alleged that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can be tampered with prior to being deployed. Singh in a tweet said that there was a strong possibility of tampering with coding at the time of writing the software for the EVMs. “EC limiting objections to EVM to hacking. It must allow examination of possibility of software tampering at stage of writing it from server,” he said on Twitter. “EC must devise a way of supervision by Political Parties at the (stage) of coding software to EVM. Like it does at subsequent stages. Would they?” Singh said in another tweet.

Following the BJP’s victories in the recently-concluded assembly elections, many opposition parties have accused the Narendra Modi-led government of tampering with EVMs to swing votes in its favour.

Amid this raging row over EVM tampering, Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah had on Saturday hit out at the opposition, saying that blaming EVMs for poll defeat amounts to disrespect of the Election Commission. “To blame the electronic voting machines for defeat during the elections is like disrespecting the Election Commission,” Shah said.

The CPI(M) on Saturday asked the EC to link the machines to voter verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) to ensure fair polls. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury in a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, said that linking VVPAT to EVMs can help “restore” confidence among the people on fair electoral process.

Other leaders, including former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and Mayawati, have also been questioning the EC about this issue. Kejriwal had sought the postponement of the upcoming Delhi municipal elections until VVPATs had been arranged for.

VVPATs dispense a slip with the symbol of the party the elector has voted for using the EVM, thus proving that the machine has recorded the correct vote.

With inputs from agencies

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  1. Kustagi Raghavendrachar
    Apr 17, 2017 at 8:55 pm
    Digvijay singh's comments cannot be ignored.He is one of the nearest to congress party inner secrets..If he says that EVMs can be tampered ,he must have the first hand experience of that and may also be wellversed in that technique as congress only introduced EVMs.Now the question is did all the wins congress achieved after it introduced EVMs should be questioned now?Though a veteran senior congressman Mr Moily recently made it clear that EVMs cannot be tampered But the recent utterances of Digvijay leaves doubt about the series of wins in elections of the congress party after EVMs introduced.Kezriwal is another gentleman argues that EVMs can be tampered.But other party leaders are not questioning.So did Kezriwal and Digvijay had any hand in tampering EVMs in all their electoral wins?However unable to digest their shameful performance in recent elections and thumping victory of Modi led BJP have lost their mental balance.EC alone is the authority on EVMs.EC should not heed to these.
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      Apr 16, 2017 at 8:15 pm
      EC should ensure integrity of the election process in India. EVMs are not perceived by public to be Everybody Votes Modi There have been incidences and videos on which clearly show that in some instances regardless of how you vote the EVM counted vote for BJP and even the VVPAT printed it!! When in opposition the BJP itself has complained against EVMs Now that they are in power they are misusing it to their advantage ...no difference between then and Congress.
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      1. Dinesh Singh
        Apr 16, 2017 at 8:11 pm
        Oh so now it is understood why Congress govt switched over from ballot papers to EVMs and that must be reason why NDA under Bharat Ratna AB Vajpayee lost general election in 2004 and again 2009. Since Mr Digvijay Singh ji is a general secretary of the same Congress party and so he must be knowing more about EVMs tempering mechanism .This kind of disclosures require an immediate high level enquiry right from 2004 and truth about the rigging of election by Mr Digvijay Singh ji's party if proved should be placed before the nation.
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        1. Ivan
          Apr 16, 2017 at 7:56 pm
          The BJP geniuses posting here have apparently never programmed a machine. The bovine experts don't seem to understand that anything that can be programmed can be hacked, For that matter even if it were hardwired in FPGA, the code can be tampered with before the burn in. It could be just a matter of introducing a periodic or om function or even a modulo function, easily available on any FPGA in the market.
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          1. Ivan
            Apr 16, 2017 at 7:58 pm
            Once again IE: ^^^^om means stochastic or by chance. It is not related to a state of concupiscence
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            Vish
            Apr 16, 2017 at 7:04 pm
            What a transformation from ageing Romeo to a software engineer!
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