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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                      Dash
                      May 10, 2017 at 3:01 pm
                      Losers like khujliwaal,Mayawatii,Akal-less will have to hide their faces after EC's pen challenge though they are shameless to tbe core.
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                        ladoo yadav
                        May 10, 2017 at 2:54 pm
                        Pathetic stuff from AAP , it is like kacha mango chocolate adverti$ement , where when one kacha mango chocolate is replicated to create another by keeping it in xerox machine , AAP will have code for this one also . AAP (Arvind ka Adharm Party) . this coding genius may be behind hacking of the Web$ite$ of top indian universities.
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                          vishal
                          May 10, 2017 at 2:51 pm
                          The basic requirement for hacking is that the device should be connected tot he internet at the time of its hacking. As far as my limited knowledge is concerned the EVM's are not connected to the Internet at the time of pol . Second thing is that for a minute its umed that yes EVM's are hacked one major question arose to my mind that how lakhs of EVM machines are hacked? Lets ume that all the employees of Election Commission including Commissioner is involved then how this bigger conspiracy remained hidden from the eyes of the hyper active media in India? Is it possible to manage so many people at a time to support hacking by a single political party? Whenever thinking logically it seems that it is very very difficult to hack so many of EVM at one point of time.
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                            AntiWahhabi
                            May 10, 2017 at 3:05 pm
                            I diots s like you should stop commenting if you don't know. EVM can be programmed with a bug in it... Bug is designed to activated on a code sequence. EC is making fool
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                              Balakrishnan
                              May 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm
                              And who knows the code sequence? Amit Shah and Modi. They call every volunteer the day before election and give them the secret codes. In spite of 1000s of people knowing it is still a secret. Don't watch too many ma movies
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                                AntiWahhabi
                                May 10, 2017 at 4:13 pm
                                Well all you need is pick some guys and ask them to vote for certain parties... They take the money and press the button without knowing a code is activated. You don't need thousands. Just target the region where likely to get less votes. 2 shift in vote share is enough
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                                  Balakrishnan
                                  May 10, 2017 at 4:37 pm
                                  Some guys per pol station is thousands per cons uency and lakhs per state
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                                  mtv
                                  May 10, 2017 at 4:13 pm
                                  Do not under-estimate Modi, Shah and their friends from IT industry and Indian diaspora. They are capable of doing any mischief. See how they got away with murder of thousands and still manage to win elections and manage to get US visa.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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                                  ASHOK
                                  May 10, 2017 at 2:42 pm
                                  Fine Ins utions like Armed Forces,IIT,RBI and now EC has been Destro by this RSS government . Till date they don,t have a full time Defence Minister. These are the same people who sided with the Britishers to attack our Indian people. People who celebrated the death of Mahatma hi .
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                                    Damodar Biswal
                                    May 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm
                                    Do we have an RSS Govt.?
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                                      Prafulla
                                      May 10, 2017 at 4:28 pm
                                      How many years gone after British left you seem still hanging in same period enjoy
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                                      Giri Gowda
                                      May 10, 2017 at 2:11 pm
                                      People of Bharat will never vote for corroupted parties and people like Kejri, Raga, Khanaiah, Mulu, Lulu, Maya, Momtaz, vij, DevGow etc etc etc... EVERYONE will VOTE only MODIji..!!! So anti nationals keep blaming EVM and burn in hell...!!!
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                                        AntiWahhabi
                                        May 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm
                                        We heard enough of corrupt jaap. Your party is mother and father of corruption at all lEvrls
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                                        Kabir
                                        May 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm
                                        you have been saying that for months now, why so much delay? trying to clear off the mess? EC,SC, RBI sab chor ban rahe hai. ramrajya kam, chor rajya jyada ho a hai.
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                                          L bhadrapati Devi
                                          May 10, 2017 at 2:05 pm
                                          AAP and Arvind want to divert attention from corruption charge to EVM just like normal crook.
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                                            Ram
                                            May 10, 2017 at 1:55 pm
                                            Why EC is so sure about the EVMs cannot be hacked? 1. Isn't EVM an electronic machine running on a software? 2. Isn't there a source code for the software? 3. Someone in the EC or Software support company knows this code? 4. As long as you know the source code any program can be altered.
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                                              vivek
                                              May 10, 2017 at 3:46 pm
                                              why is app so desperate come on you lost because of ur incompetence dont blame EVM for ur loss
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                                                AntiWahhabi
                                                May 10, 2017 at 4:16 pm
                                                At last someone who talks sense in this chassis bhajan
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                                                MyTake
                                                May 10, 2017 at 1:36 pm
                                                What AAP is saying is they don't trust EC.
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                                                  Rajeev
                                                  May 10, 2017 at 1:13 pm
                                                  Seems to be totally useless to Vote in our Country because whoever you vote Feku would emege as a Victorious by managing EVM. Please go back to basics and there is nothing wrong to Get Ballet Paper Voting which RSS BJP would oppose to end. I am sure BJP would have tough time if this happens
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                                                    Joydeep
                                                    May 10, 2017 at 1:31 pm
                                                    Completely agree. All developed countries use ballot papers. People must visit Indiaevm dot org to see how EVMs can be tampered.
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                                                      svnder
                                                      May 10, 2017 at 1:42 pm
                                                      Again and again making people of India fools by BJP and their supporters.
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                                                        L bhadrapati Devi
                                                        May 10, 2017 at 2:03 pm
                                                        AAP need no use of election campaign. You need to concentrate on dummy EVM to win election. If you believe in your argument why so much expenditure on election campaign by all political parties. If tempering can be done you need to purchase all staffs of EC, DC, SDO and SDC and Amin and Jiladar who are part of election exercise.
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                                                          Giri Gowda
                                                          May 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm
                                                          People of Bharat will never vote for s like Kejri, Raga, Khanaiah, Mulu, Lulu, Maya, Momtaz, vij, DevGow etc etc etc... EVERYONE will VOTE only MODIji..!!! So you anti nationals keep burning...!!!
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                                                          Tushar
                                                          May 10, 2017 at 1:08 pm
                                                          The machine shudnt be brought by EC ...it shud be picked one by those omly from few machine s from their choice of cons uency who is wil to do the demo from the strong room in the presence of all officials and other party members
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                                                            Balakrishnan
                                                            May 10, 2017 at 12:56 pm
                                                            The fact that AAP and Kejriwal had to make their own EVM and then hack it shows that the EVMs of EC are not hackable. Yesterday's incident in Delhi embly has increased our confidence. Even a layman would understand that apart from the technical aspects practical and logistics aspects of hacking would make it impossible. Let's look at a simple fact - BJPs vote share in the Delhi MCD has not increased. If BJP were to hack the vote share would have increased. Kejriwal had lost the respect and trust of people long ago. Now he has become an object of ridicule.
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                                                              Joydeep
                                                              May 10, 2017 at 1:33 pm
                                                              How can you be so naive? People cannot simply obtain an EVM used by EC. That means they stole it. The only way to demonstrate this is to built a similar machine. After all the EVM is a man made machine. Anything with a lock. Or a code can be broken. Visit Indiaevm dot org to see how EVMs can be tampered.
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                                                                L bhadrapati Devi
                                                                May 10, 2017 at 1:58 pm
                                                                Arvind Kejriwal know EVM of EC can't be tempered but try divert attention of corruption charge against him.
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                                                                  Balakrishnan
                                                                  May 10, 2017 at 2:04 pm
                                                                  It is not similar machine. How stupid can you be, All machines with microcontroller keyboard and display enclosed in a similar looking plastic cabinet are not similar machines. If you show that brake fails in a Tata car doesn't prove that brake fails in a Maruthi though they are both cars. Use all techniques available at indiaevm.dot and hack the EVMs that EC will provide during hackathon. It was not done the last time the EC opened it up. I am sure It will not be done this time around. There is a vast difference between imagination and possibility
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                                                                AK
                                                                May 10, 2017 at 12:48 pm
                                                                Full video recording must be done of the meeting and demonstration as I expect ruckus from AAP during the meeting. All these to be conducted in full media glare with live telecast so that people's can also see how their so called well wishers are performing. We may allow AAP to bring their own machine so that they can save their face
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