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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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