How do EVMs, VVPAT machines work? Election Commission to demonstrate tomorrow

At the all-party meeting, several parties raised the issue of tampering of the EVMs and some like the Trinamool Congress, RJD and BSP even suggested going back to paper ballots.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 19, 2017 11:25 am
election commission, election commission challenge, EC hackathon, EVM tampering, EVM machine, VVPAT, EC challenge VVPAT machines will be linked to all EVM machines in future polls, the Election Commission had announced earlier

Amid the ongoing debate over whether Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) can be manipulated, the Election Commission said it will hold a press conference Saturday to announce the dates of the ‘EVM challenge.’ On the sidelines of the press conference, the poll panel will demonstrate live the working of EVMs and Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines to prove that they are infallible.

Several opposition parties like the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress have levelled allegations of EVM tampering in the recently concluded state elections. The AAP also demonstrated, in a special Delhi Assembly session, how an EVM machine can be allegedly tampered using a special code that can be fed to it during the voting process. The EC has refuted those charges and is likely to throw the ‘open challenge’ to all political parties this month in which they can attempt at proving the tampering of the machines.

The EC has also said that VVPAT machines will be used in all upcoming elections so that voters can verify with the help of the paper slip whether the vote has indeed gone to the party that they voted for. The paper slips can also be used to resolve any dispute arising in an election. The decision was announced after a day-long all-party meeting. At the meeting, several parties raised the issue of tampering of the EVMs and some like the Trinamool Congress, RJD and BSP even suggested going back to paper ballots.

At the all-party meeting, parties like the RLD, CPI and NC also raised objections to the recent amendments to the Companies Act of 2013 which removed the cap of 7.5 per cent on corporate contribution to political parties.

In response to Arvind Kejriwal’s questioning of the independence of two election commissioners, CEC Nasim Zaidi said the EC stands equidistant from all the parties. “You should be convinced that EC has no favourites… we maintain equidistance from all parties and groups. It is our constitutional and moral duty to stand dead centre of the circle drawn around us by 56 political parties.”

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    kulkarni p s
    May 19, 2017 at 6:27 pm
    keshav prasad maurya BJP head of UP sent a letter to all BJP workers dated 10.3.17 and reached all workers by 10.3.17 congratulating for party’s victory in the state. Interestingly, UP embly election results were announced on March 11, 2017. letter is on letter head of maurya with pen signature is leaked online now he knew results beforehand
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      Truth
      May 19, 2017 at 6:14 pm
      I.ndians from all over the country should start a signature campaign against EVMs and send it to EC followed by peace-march........that is the only way to save our democracy !
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        rishi
        May 19, 2017 at 6:19 pm
        ballot or bullet is only way - lato ke bhoot bato se nahi mante adhikar aur haq bh eek mangne se nahi melte che nnna padta hai dont teach hypocritical ahimsa of hi who helped britishers
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          Truth
          May 19, 2017 at 6:35 pm
          Don't underestimate the power of peaceful protest......Modi and RBI got away with their DeMon fiasco because nobody protested in any way.......Bullet is never a solution unless you are deal.i.ng with terrorists !
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        jignesh rupani
        May 19, 2017 at 5:46 pm
        बिना EVM की वोटिंग में गुजरात AMPC में बीजेपी को नहीं मिली एक भी सीट. It has now become even more believable that BJP indeed did EVM tempering in the recent elections where they won by high margins. It is because, even in the home state of PM Modi i.e. Gujarat, BJP could not manage to win even a single seat in AMPC elections. The voting was carried out using ballot papers instead of EVMs.
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          h d
          May 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm
          Get your facts right, man. APMC elections are fought without party symbols and by individuals though backed by political parties. BJP backed candidates​ lost in Botad but won in bhachau this month itself.
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          EVM SELECTED FEKU
          May 19, 2017 at 5:27 pm
          Ballot paper hum sharminda hai, EVM waale abhi zinda hai. EVM Tere Tukde Honge Inshallah Inshallah
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            vinay kamble
            May 19, 2017 at 5:26 pm
            Real question is EVM r uncons utional becoz voter cannot see and verify to whom he has given vote – even paper trail is uncons utional as vote goes inside machine in unseen coded form – voter cant see it , votes are not reproducible For one second if we accept EVM is not tamperable – then why they are against ballot – becoz the r thieves – don’t want public to know their thuggery – but then civil war will ensue to overthrow uncons utional EVM forced by sann ghi EC / SC / govt who are violating cons ution rights of voters and murdering democracy
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              EVM SELECTED FEKU
              May 19, 2017 at 5:25 pm
              Modi teri EVM kamaal kar i vote pade sau ye hazzar kar i
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                Vijay
                May 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm
                Question is not of demo - question is wether duffers like Mayawati and Kejriwal will be satisfied ? I doubt. They are only No .. No .. and No.
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                  Rajat
                  May 19, 2017 at 4:45 pm
                  They are jokers. Esp. kejri chor who is a clown. He thinks that he can sway people by his theatrics but the clown has lost all traction with masses. What a promise he was in 2013, I rooted for him in Elections of 2014. But he turned out to be the biggest liar in Indian politics.
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                    Tushar
                    May 19, 2017 at 5:20 pm
                    Who is bad n making promises .? Modi ... ? Haha jhumla King he is ... Now a days he is in praising and wishing birthday mood .... We need to go to his tweeter to know whther he is alive or not .... He is busy tweeting birthdays and condolences all the time
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                    nilesh
                    May 19, 2017 at 4:49 pm
                    @ im-be-cile vijay have taken u r goobar breakfast - becoz u r head is full of go-bar
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                      Vk
                      May 19, 2017 at 5:21 pm
                      Hahaha Nilesh have no brain at all he is mental beggar barking for freebies thrown by khujli
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                    Kanu Mistry
                    May 19, 2017 at 4:15 pm
                    This is a fruitless exercise by Election Commission. The authenticity of the EVMs was never in doubt even by the parties who oppose or question it now. It was just dirty politics by these parties who never ever reconciliated with the victory of Narendra Modi and BJP. The moment Narendra Modi/ BJP starts loosing elections, all the opposition of the EVMs will vanish, even if the EVMs are 20 year old. Alternatively, whatsoever improvements are being done by Election Commission, these parties will still continue questioning it.
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                      kulkarni p s
                      May 19, 2017 at 4:31 pm
                      @ kanu mistry - your most ic lier sold out sanghi paid troll - L K ADVANI GV NARSIMHA RAO SUBRAMNIAN SWAMY are all BJP fireb leaders who said EVM are tamperable SUPREME COURT in judgement has said EVM are not tamperproof and fair elections cannot be held by EVM u moron which country using EVM
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                        Rajat
                        May 19, 2017 at 4:46 pm
                        Cite where SC has said EVMs are not tamper proof.
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                          kulkarni p s
                          May 19, 2017 at 5:18 pm
                          @ id-o-tic sanghi rajat -- EVM Can’t Ensure Free & Fair Polls: Supreme Court Judgment IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA CIVIL APPELLATE JURISDICTION CIVIL APPEAL NO.9093 OF 2013 (Arising out of SLP (Civil) No. 13735 of 2012) Dr. Subramanian Swamy …. Appellant(s) Versus Election Commission of India …. Respondent(s) WITH WRIT PE ION (C) NO. 406 OF 2012 J U D G M E N T P. Sathasivam, CJI. 1) Leave granted. Civil Appeal @ SLP (C) No. 13735 of 2012
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                            Parth Garg
                            May 19, 2017 at 5:19 pm
                            Rajat should search google to find out the SC observation.
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                              Vk
                              May 19, 2017 at 5:23 pm
                              Khujli dogs are shameless liars hahaha Advani & Rao in supreme Court regarding evms what liar are you. Go beg for freebies rather than lying for khujli
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                                Tushar
                                May 19, 2017 at 5:24 pm
                                Rajat SC had admitted that .that's the reason they hve ordered to provide fund for VVPAT to modi government .. Search in Google instead of asking some one to find out the proof ... Mr Mistry u 50 paisa troll.. U too search about the cry how BJP made when Congress won through evm ..Those days public was not aware of the seriousness in it .. now everything is clear ... People will quit election like thru did n mcd pill
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                                  jignesh rupani
                                  May 19, 2017 at 5:37 pm
                                  @ moronic rajat and sanghi troll mistry बिना EVM की वोटिंग में गुजरात AMPC में बीजेपी को नहीं मिली एक भी सीट. It has now become even more believable that BJP indeed did EVM tempering in the recent elections where they won by high margins. It is because, even in the home state of PM Modi i.e. Gujarat, BJP could not manage to win even a single seat in AMPC elections. The voting was carried out using ballot papers instead of EVMs.
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                                  Truth
                                  May 19, 2017 at 5:52 pm
                                  Mr. P S Kulkarni is absolutely right !
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                                  preeti sinha
                                  May 19, 2017 at 2:44 pm
                                  It was BJP L K ADVANI who told EVM can be tampered - now conspiracy of silence Achal Kumar jyoti former chief secretary of Gujrat for BJP Modi govt appointed as chief election commissionar - what a selection BJP spokesperson G V Narsimha Rao wrote book on EVM tampering now taking U turn says EVM is safe Sambhal UP booth number 235 total votes given 926 after result BJP candidate got 1217 votes Srikant sreyar contested independent election – got zero vote
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                                    Vk
                                    May 19, 2017 at 5:26 pm
                                    Feel free to parti te in EC challenge rather than lying for master khujli
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                                      Truth
                                      May 19, 2017 at 5:58 pm
                                      All politicians lie but none can match those from BJP-Biggest Jhoota Party !
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                                    real indian
                                    May 19, 2017 at 2:42 pm
                                    2010 congress accused NARENDRA MODI of winning Gujrat elections by EVM rigging then EC sent officals to Gujrat to investigate In PADRA GUJRAT all votes casted for congress were registered for BJP this b er was observed one voter he complained to EC officer officer observed same and acknowledge fault and voting was stopped EC statement came after a report from the returning officer of Padre Nagar Palika in Vadodra who confirmed the manipulations of EVM in some booths 40-45 EVM and congress allegations of electoral fraud by modi Now in 2017 same EC under Modi makes complete U turn and blatantly lies saying no manipulation possible in EVM are completely safe tamperproof
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                                      Vk
                                      May 19, 2017 at 5:33 pm
                                      Same evms used every where stop lying there were no incident in Padra like you mentioned it was only complaint by Congress candidate. Padra was always been BJP wining seat even before Modi came to Gujrat from center bjp. Khujli pappus can't even lie properly like master Khujli create fake evidence and fake news because he knows his drama in delhi embly will be exposed what shameless liars
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                                      pradeep
                                      May 19, 2017 at 2:18 pm
                                      Bj p is manipulating results with these evm machines.they are out to destroy this country
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                                        Parth Garg
                                        May 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm
                                        EC should ure us that these machines are virus and malware proof.
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                                          nageshwar subbarao
                                          May 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm
                                          INDIAN GOVERNANCE seems to be perverted- things which are declared fraud dangerous failed and thrown away by inventor countries like US europe an russia canada - these things are implemented forcefully in india like 1-EVM for BJP rigging 2-GMO cancer causing 3- nuclear power plants - western countries shutting nuclears due to f-uk-ushima and safety purpose india kil people by 10 more nuclear reactors 4- Wi-Fi banned in canada europe public places schools cancer causing 5- microwave oven induction stoves - cancer causing banned in russia europe accepted in india
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                                            Vk
                                            May 19, 2017 at 5:37 pm
                                            Hahaha lefty beggars are at their best. No body want lefty liars anymore even France rejected them soon you will be begging liars and goons. Where ever lefty rules only corruption can develop nothing else. Read Wikipedia regarding EVM moron liar
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                                            hems
                                            May 19, 2017 at 1:03 pm
                                            Wow !!! Super Advanced India. How come this brilliant idea of VVPAT did not came in Mind of Advanced countries like America, England, Germany an. etc. we are so advanced . why the we beg to an for Bullet train. when in ancient India shastra have formulae to build Worlds first Aeroplanes (Vimana) we should give all vedas book to scientists and ask them to find formulae of Bullet train also. ha.ha.ha. The world is moving to ballot and we are crying to proof EVM reliable. Fair and free election possible only via Ballot. Ballot paper tampering is nearly impossible nowadays when every corner of nation we have medi reporters which was not the situation before 20 years. every person having mobile cameras so it is near to impossible , changing big ballot boxes now. Thus the safest way is Ballot box only. But it will not happen as ru party will any how prove that EVM is Full proof with VVPAT. Because they knew they never won majority via Ballot and will never win
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                                              jignesh rupani
                                              May 19, 2017 at 1:09 pm
                                              बिना EVM की वोटिंग में गुजरात AMPC में बीजेपी को नहीं मिली एक भी सीट. It has now become even more believable that BJP indeed did EVM tempering in the recent elections where they won by high margins. It is because, even in the home state of PM Modi i.e. Gujarat, BJP could not manage to win even a single seat in AMPC elections. The voting was carried out using ballot papers instead of EVMs.
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                                              laxmikant patel
                                              May 19, 2017 at 12:52 pm
                                              where is EVM used america - NO europe - NO russia - NO canada - NO china- NO srilanka - NO Saudi-NO where used 1- venenzulae - civil war riots going on country collapsed no food no money maduro impeached - all due to EVM rigging 2- zambia becoz they r more corrupt than india conclusion - only worst corrupt 3 to 5 african countries and venenzulae use EVM recently botswana returned indian EVMs with VVPAT as they were tamperable in 10 min
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                                                h d
                                                May 21, 2017 at 1:14 pm
                                                Evm and ballots both are used in USA. It's a statewise choice. Majority of the states use the digital option which is far more advanced than ballots and evm. Relating to no evm used in China and Saudi Arabia and China, they follow the selected and not the elected route with virtually no democracy. Whichever elections held are as farce and as the govt wants them to be. Privileged to be in India and having voting rights when compared to rsa and chinése citizens.
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                                                viresh joshi
                                                May 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm
                                                बैलट से चुनाव प्रक्रिया में आपको वोट डालते वक़्त पता होता है कि वोट किसे पड़ा, बैलट बॉक्सेस के स्ट्रांग रूम की ानी पब्लिकली होती है, और बैलट गिनकर ये सुनिश्चित किया जा सकता है कि जो ठप्पा पड़ा, वही गिना जा रहा है, EVM और VVPAT से आपका लोकतंत्र वो भीष्म पितामाह बन कर रह जायेगा, जो ज़िंदा तो हो, लेकिन काम का न हो।"
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                                                  rameshnk
                                                  May 19, 2017 at 12:38 pm
                                                  All those who want Paper Ballots are those who have past records and are masters of Rigginf. Example : Lallo the great. Mamata the great and Mayawati. All these are past masters in rigging. That is why they are askng for paper Ballots. Rember recent mun lity elections in WB. All the parties other than TMC have claimed rigging. This includes the congressis and the Left( Who are pastmasters in rigging) If these people have guts let them tamper the EVM and show it can be mainpulated. Let the IITian Khujliwal can also tamper.
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                                                    shashank
                                                    May 19, 2017 at 12:56 pm
                                                    you b@stard EVM is un-co-ns-ti-tuitio-nal as you cannot verify your vote directly it is hidden in machine and VVPAT is paper only another hogwash - then why not apply ballot paper - u r murderer of democracy and thief of votes
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                                                      Tushar
                                                      May 19, 2017 at 1:51 pm
                                                      Mr blind bakth .Man The same BJP was crying on the possibilities of tampering of evm until 2014 . They knew this can be tampered . people were not much serious about this till UP election .But the majority what BJP got in UP is some thing achievable only through the help of super natural power .. Since NE don't believe in such powers the conclusion is it is tampered ...Now u will ask y don't people blame Congress for their victory in Punjab and elections in 2003 and 2008 ... I reiterate ,people were not aware of its tampering possibility during those days ..Now once ballot is implemented it's applicable for Congress also ..Jai democracy jai hind
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                                                        Truth
                                                        May 19, 2017 at 6:08 pm
                                                        Right....BJP was expecting only about 180 seats in UP so it tampered with about 140 seats at least where they were uncertain, in order to ensure their victory !
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                                                      viresh joshi
                                                      May 19, 2017 at 12:30 pm
                                                      अब आपको यह समझने में देर नही लगनी चाहिए कि क्यों मोदी सरकार ने अब जाकर जब चुनाव आयोग ने VVPAT की पर्चियों को गिनने से ही इनकार कर दिया है, तब कहीं लगभग 3000 करोड़ क्यों दिए हैं VVPAT लगाने के लिए। जब रिज़र्व बैंक ऑफ इंडिया एक स्वायत्त संस्था होकर उसका गवर्नर बोल सकता है कि नोट बंदी का निर्णय रिज़र्व बैंक का नही, मोदी सरकार के दबाव का था तो चुनाव आयोग स्वायत्त संस्था होकर किसी दबाव में काम नही कर रही, इसकी क्या ग्यारंटी है?
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                                                        mathew
                                                        May 19, 2017 at 12:28 pm
                                                        EVM is main engine and VVPAT is bogey attached - when main engine can be tampered why not VVPAT - ha ha ha ha ha sanghi tool EC ensuring BJP sweeping majority in 2019 zaidi will be BJP rajya sabha candidate and future home or finance minister
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                                                          Shinu John
                                                          May 19, 2017 at 12:23 pm
                                                          how many days EC took to have this open challenge is a proof .
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                                                            davender saini
                                                            May 19, 2017 at 12:17 pm
                                                            what if a person gives vote to BJP and paper seen is BJP but comes out shouts that he has given to congress but machine faultily registered BJP - how can this riddle be solved - impossible by machine what is fun in double voting by machine and counting paper trail is waste - so directly - ONLY SOLUTION BALLOT
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