EVM controversy: Just a technical issue or big conspiracy

Frederick Owens
May 20, 2017

The Election Commission of India ( ECI) on Friday said it would offer an "opportunity" to the political parties to prove that Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used in the recently held assembly polls were tampered with or can be tampered even with the safeguards laid down. The EC has rejected AAP's claims saying, the machine used by the party to demonstrate rigging, was a 'duplicate gadget'.

"He (Bhardwaj) showed how easy it is to hack EVMs and it is being done on a massive scale".

CEC referred the queries raised by some political parties about the incidents of alleged EVM manipulation at Bhind and Dholpur during the recently concluded Bye-elections, and reiterated that baseless perceptions were generated about these incidents and there was no case of biased vote results.

The EC officials made a detailed presentation on EVM security features, say reports. Once a machine is out of that zone, there is no guarantee for it. The EC said that VVPAT-enabled EVMs will be implemented by 2019. The EC should provide AAP with a machine that the party will try to hack. He showed how simple it was for an engineering graduate such as himself to rig a voting machine, and challenged scientists to prove him wrong.

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Tiruchi Siva said his party joined the EVM debate "to find out the truth". "Many countries have opted ballot paper system over EVM system of voting", Singh told. EC has cleared that the upcoming elections will not conduct with old EVM machines. In his response, he announced a code for BJP on the prototype. He said this was possible with a secret code that is assigned to every constituency. The party alleged that the Commission was in denial mode over the credibility of the voting machines.

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According to sources, the Election Commission said it would receive updated VVPATs in the time period stretching from August 2017 to September 2018. This trust is the foundation of democracy of India. Later, in the display panel, it turned out that the votes went to the BJP.

"In addition to the EVM/VVPAT, the agenda will also cover making bribery in elections a cognisable offence, disqualification on framing of charges for the offences of bribery in elections and suggestions in VVPAT recount Rules", it had said in a statement last week. "The commission should allow technical inspection of its EVMs by the expert panel of various political parties".

"I have spent ten years working in this field and I challenge any scientist to explain this to me".

He further added that it is shameful that a Chief Minister took bribe from his Cabinet Minister and that the BJP will take the matter to the investigating agencies.

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