Hours after an Indian ‘cyber expert’ claimed that EVMs were hacked in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, which saw the BJP win by a landslide margin, the Election Commission on Monday maintained that the machines were foolproof and that is was “wary of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest”.
The election watchdog also said it was mulling legal action in response to the claims made by a person identified as Syed Suja at a press conference in London.
“It has come to our notice that an event claiming to demonstrate EVMs used by ECI can be tampered with, has been organised in London. ECI has been wary of becoming a party to this motivated slugfest and stands by empirical facts about the foolproof nature of ECI EVMs,” the Election Commission said.
The commission further said EVMs used in Indian elections were manufactured by Bharat Electronics and Electronics Corporation of India under “very strict supervisory and security conditions”.
“EVMs are manufactured in Bharat Electronics Ltd. and Electronics Corporation of India Ltd. under very strict supervisory and security conditions. There are rigorous Standard Operating Procedures observed under the supervision of a Committee of technical experts constituted in 2010,” the commission said.
Suja claimed that the 2014 general election was “rigged” through the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), which, he claims, can be hacked.