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

Senior officials of the commission appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Personnel and said the EVMs are tamper-proof and very reliable.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:May 19, 2017 9:38 pm
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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. Senior officials of the commission appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Personnel and said the EVMs are tamper-proof and very reliable. Over the last 23 years, the commission has successfully conducted 107 Assembly and three Lok Sabha elections using EVMs, officials told the panel.

Since September 2013, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines have also been used in various state assembly and Parliamentary constituencies for enhanced transparency and credibility in the voting process, they said.

Senior officials assured the parliamentary panel that the EVMs are tamper-proof and the commission has decided to use VVPAT or paper trail machines in all future elections which will further enhance the confidence of the voters in these machines, a member of the panel said.

The stand of the commission before the parliamentary panel comes a day before it is to announce its ‘EVM challenge’ at a press conference here.

Contrary to misinformation and as alleged by some, the EC does not use any EVMs produced abroad, the officials said. EVMs are produced indigenously by two state-run firms; Bharat Electronics and Electronics Corporation of India.

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. They said that the programme is converted into machine code and only then given to the chip manufacturer abroad as India does not have the capability of producing semi-conductor microchips within the country.

Elaborating further, the officials said it is not possible to replace microchip as all microchips are subjected to functional tests with regard to the software. Any attempt to replace the microchip is detectable and can make the EVM in-operative.

The commission was represented by Deputy Election Commissioners Umesh Sinha and Vijay Dev, besides other officials. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel and Law, headed by Congress leader Anand Sharma, had today summoned the Election Commission officials and the Legislative Secretary of the Law Ministry over the issue of electoral reforms.

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.

The EC has also thrown a challenge to political parties to prove that the EVMs used in the recent assembly polls were tampered with after several opposition parties questioned their reliability and demanded going back to the paper ballot system.

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    Kabir
    May 20, 2017 at 1:49 am
    Whats new in it , they have been lying for years now.
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      Jo Black
      May 20, 2017 at 12:30 am
      My above comment is for RS by mistake it has been added in wrong place.
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        ravi
        May 20, 2017 at 12:21 am
        attaching VVPAT does not ure you of correct vote registration by EVM memory chip - so what is VVPAT use only to cross verify - then why electronic paper voting - directly why not stamp ballot -
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          ravi
          May 20, 2017 at 12:19 am
          two different softwares can run on same machine where press button unit attached to EVM by rigging software and press button unit attached to VVPAT by correctly printing software - any software engineer can do it - it is absolute hog wash - why this VVPAT is not adopted by US UK CANADA RUSSIA EUROPE - if earlier EVM without VVPAT were tamperproof why this VVPAT ??
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            RS
            May 19, 2017 at 11:26 pm
            "Yeh hai Hindustan Pyare" He who rules the country makes the laws. No justice or truth can come out of any phony inquiry by the government or the EC or the orders of the Supreme Court or the CBI. Every thing has been corrupted. The Courts are CORRUPT. The CBI is CORRUPT. The EC is run by incompetent morons. There is no hope under the current setup. The rot has penetrated the very core of the Indian system. We need to rid ourselves of the traditionally parties completely for the sake of the country and people.
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              MyTake
              May 19, 2017 at 11:11 pm
              Why the crooked joker is not taking the challange who does not have faith in what is straight forward and honest!
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                Jo Black
                May 20, 2017 at 12:27 am
                Why do not you make your father , if you have not and your are the product of your neigbour the EC
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                MIGHTY BOMBER
                May 19, 2017 at 10:36 pm
                Parliamentary committee should at least ask these questions: i)How can election commission ensure voters that, vote recorded in voting machine and vote record on slip printed by vvpat machine are similar ? ii)Why can’t vvpat machines print two paper slips, one for voter and another for vvpat machine ? iii)Why is election commission reluctant in giving voting machine to political parties for hackathon. Opposition parties unfortunately are not taking this matter of voting machine seriously.
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