Will tell parties to choose EVM from strong room, test: Election Commission

The Election Commission’s response comes as it prepares the stage for the all-party meeting on EVMs on Friday.

Written by Ritika Chopra | New Delhi | Updated: May 10, 2017 8:14 am
Aam Aadmi Party, AAP, EVM tampering, Election Commission, ec evm tampering, Arvind Kejriwal, india news, indian express  The EC has also decided to support Bombay High Court order on forensic examination of the EVMs used in the 2014 Assembly elections in Maharashtra.

The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) demonstration in the Delhi Assembly on Tuesday doesn’t reveal anything on tampering of the electronic voting machines (EVMs), the Election Commission of India (ECI) said. “It is common sense that gadgets other than ECI EVMs can be programmed to perform in a pre-determined way but it simply cannot be implied that ECI EVMs will behave in the same manner because the ECI EVMs are technically secured and function under an elaborate administrative and security protocol,” the Commission said in a statement released on Tuesday evening.

“Such so-called demonstration on extraneous and duplicate gadgets which are not owned by the ECI cannot be exploited to influence our intelligent citizens and electorate to assail or vilify the EVMs used by the Commission in its electoral process,” the statement added.

The EC’s response comes as it prepares the stage for the all-party meeting on EVMs on Friday. The EC, The Indian Express has learnt, is open to allowing political parties to choose the machine they wish to demonstrate hacking on.

“It has been decided that political parties will be given the option to select an EVM from any of the strong rooms across the five states, which have recently elected a government. The selected machines will be brought to Nirvachan Sadan (EC head office) and their technical experts can attempt to prove their allegations on them on the day of the ‘Open Challenge’,” a source said. Representatives of political parties will be informed about this proposal at the meeting called on Friday.

The EC has also decided to support Bombay High Court order on forensic examination of the EVMs used in the 2014 Assembly elections in Maharashtra. “We are not going to leave any stone unturned to restore faith in the EVMs,” the above source added. Such forensic examination is a first for EVMs, which had replaced ballot papers nearly two decades ago.

The all-party meeting is being called in wake of some Opposition parties questioning the infallibility of EVMs after they were defeated in elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab Assembly elections. Last month, a delegation of Opposition parties led by the Congress met the three election commissioners to urge them to revert to the ballot system of voting on the ground that the accuracy of EVMs is questionable.

The poll panel had written to the seven national parties and 48 state parties on May 4 inviting them to an all-party meeting in a bid to allay fears over hacking of EVMs. Political parties have been asked to send three representatives for the meeting of which one should be a technical or domain expert on EVMs. Following the Friday meeting, EC will throw an “open challenge” to all naysayers to prove their allegations of EVM tampering.

Sources also said that there could be a discussion on changes in the VVPAT recounting rules so as to instil faith in the electronic voting system.

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    Saroj Choudhury
    May 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm
    Some om EVMs with ECI should have been given to AAP frauds so as to debunk their theorists and initiate criminal action against them forthwith.
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      Saroj Choudhury
      May 12, 2017 at 7:28 pm
      Some om EVMs with ECI should have been given to AAP frauds so as to debunk their theorists and initiate criminal action forthwith.
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        Saroj Choudhury
        May 12, 2017 at 7:25 pm
        Some om EVMs with should have been given to AAP frauds to debunk their theorists and initiate criminal action forthwith.
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          ksp
          May 10, 2017 at 6:02 pm
          time has come to restore confidence of the electorate in the election process and the EC. Even though many may not take the EVM allegation seriously, it does create a dent on the w process. EC is doing the right thing by cal all the political parties to thoroughly check the process and reaffirm their confidence in the w process. Also, EC should give some lee way to the parties in the sense that omly some cons uencies may have have manual voting only to corroborate the EVM process and win back the confidence of the stakeholders. EC definitely is doing many things first time compared to other advanced countries and they should remain the path bearer for the rest of the democratic world. In the process EC may have to emerge through the fire, which shall long bore well for this Nation.
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            mtv
            May 10, 2017 at 4:16 pm
            Do not under-estimate Modi, Shah and their friends from IT industry and Indian diaspora. They are capable of doing any mischief to achieve their selfish goals. See how they got away with murder of thousands in Gujarat and still manage to win elections and manage to get US visa. For them, their selfish ends justify any means. This is a Kaliyug. One should not be surprised to see the personalities like Modi, Shah, Trump, Putin, Kim Un, Xi Jinping etc in this yug.
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              L bhadrapati Devi
              May 10, 2017 at 5:33 pm
              Yes, stani wale. Modi and Amit Shah can do anything good for India unlike your partner Arvind Kejriwal. Arvind Kejriwal can do any mischievous things to get power even to the extent using children to black mail people.
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              Raman Ravi
              May 10, 2017 at 3:39 pm
              Why EC, which is a body, totally under the influence of ru dispensation, will agree that EVM machine can be rigged? Obviously they won't? But everything points towards their connivance in obtaining a massive victory for BJP in a state like UP? Result in UP is 100 rigged through EVM tampering by a group of technocrats, who was funded by BJP n was based in Lucknow conducted this massive coup with tacit support from EC. Modi has ruined India n make all Indians look like a chor, even after his nonsensical rule, it's next to impossible to achieve such a result.
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                L bhadrapati Devi
                May 10, 2017 at 4:37 pm
                Leave EVM tempering, where is the source of Rs 2 crore of Arvind Kejriwal. Lost of deposit of By poll is result of power hungriness of AAP. Duel loss of poll.
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                  Balakrishnan
                  May 10, 2017 at 4:46 pm
                  BJP won massively in UP in 2014 as well before it occupied the seats of power. Your argument is UPA and EC rigged 2014 polls for BJP to win. You sound absurd.
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                  Balakrishnan
                  May 10, 2017 at 3:39 pm
                  Even if ballot papers are used AAP will lose. It will only take longer to know. AAP will then say, BJP has a special Mantra to convert all ballot papers in their favour. If a pol agent chants the mantra then the voter will vote BJP automatically.
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                    Chaddiless
                    May 10, 2017 at 4:42 pm
                    Stop making cheap hollow comments. Have some brain you Chaddi.
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                      Balakrishnan
                      May 10, 2017 at 4:51 pm
                      Cheap hallow accusations will only result in cheap hallow comments. I dont wear chaddi. I use an AAP cap as langoti
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                    AntiWahhabi
                    May 10, 2017 at 3:06 pm
                    EC is a joker. Will put any engineer to shame. The program that EC gets from third party to program EVM has a bug. It gets activated on triggering p code.
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                      Damodar Biswal
                      May 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm
                      Why don't u wait till 12th .Let political parties exercise their own expertise to find fault with the EVMs.Before that it is unfair to p any comment on EVMs.
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                        AntiWahhabi
                        May 10, 2017 at 4:09 pm
                        Political parties need to hire the technocrats... These technocrats can be purchased at any cost to project it cannot be hacked. EC blocked Harvard professor and put one Indian guy in jail. We need third party neutral experts to hack.
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