Tampering allegations ‘baseless and wild’; EVMs fully tamper-proof: EC

New Delhi: The digital voting machines are "fully tamper-proof, as ever", the Election Fee stated on Thursday dismissing claims of BSP supremo Mayawati and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who had questioned their reliability.

In a strongly-worded assertion, the Fee stated "baseless, speculative and wild allegations are being made which deserve to be rejected".

The ballot panel stated it didn’t obtain particular complaints or concrete materials from political events and candidates about alleged tampering of Digital Voting Machines (EVM) throughout not too long ago held election course of.

It stated the BSP's illustration on EVM tampering was with none particular allegation and it had rejected the declare of the celebration.

"Such issues about alleged tamperability of ECI-EVM have been raised earlier additionally since their introduction together with earlier than excessive court docket and the Supreme Court docket.

"These allegations have been dismissed. ECI unequivocally reiterates that given effective technical and administrative safeguards, EVMs are not tamperable and integrity of electoral process is preserved," it stated.

The EC's rebuttal got here a day after Mayawati stated she’s going to transfer court docket towards the alleged tampering of EVMs. Kejriwal too had alleged that EVMs could have been tampered with in Punjab, including "it is about the credibility of the Election Commission and the faith of people in the electoral system. We have strong prima facie evidence of foul play."

The Fee immediately stated that to this point, nobody has been capable of truly reveal that EVMs utilized by the Election Fee will be tampered with or manipulated.

It stated "what has been demonstrated or claimed to have been demonstrated is on a privately assembled look-alike of ECI-EVMs and not the actual ECI-EVMs."

Electronics Company of India Ltd and Bharat Electronics Ltd are the 2 PSUs which manufacture the EVMs for EC.

The ballot watchdog assured that its EVMs are tamper-proof and it’s "fully satisfied with the integrity of electoral process using EVM".

For the reason that yr 2000, EVMs have been utilized in 107 meeting polls and three Lok Sabha elections held in 2004, 2009 and 2014.

It recalled that the "controversy" over the reliability of the machines was raised by political events after the 2009 Lok Sabha polls. "However, no specific allegation was raised nor could they prove before any court," the assertion stated.

It stated in an "extraordinary" transfer in August, 2009, it had invited those that had expressed reservations concerning the EVMs to return and reveal the issues within the machines.

These invited included political events, petitioners earlier than numerous courts and a few people who had been writing to the Fee on this problem.

100 EVMs have been introduced from ten states – Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh — and have been saved on the Fee's workplace right here for scrutiny and for any utility to ascertain its alleged fallibility.

"The outcome of this exercise was that none of the persons, who were given the opportunity, could actually demonstrate any tamperability of the ECI-EVMs. They either failed or chose not to demonstrate," it elaborated.

Some activists had then confirmed on TV a machine which they claimed will be manipulated. The Fee had countered the allegation stating that the machine was stolen from EVM warehouse in Mumbai and modified by the activists.

"Thus it was no longer the machine used by EC," it stated. Based mostly on consultations with political events in 2010, the Fee explored using Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Path (VVPAT) with a view to boost transparency.

In VVPAT, a paper slip is generated bearing identify and image of the candidate together with recording of vote in Management Unit, in order that in case of any dispute, paper slip could possibly be counted to confirm the outcome being proven on the EVM.

A printer is hooked up to the balloting Unit and saved within the voting compartment. The paper slip stays seen on VVPAT for 07 seconds by a clear window.

In June 2014, the Fee proposed to implement VVPAT at each polling station within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and sought Rs three,174 crore for a similar from the Legislation Ministry.

The Fee had earlier this month knowledgeable the Supreme Court docket that it’ll get the 15.5 lakh VVPATs manufactured in 30 months from the time of launch of fund by the federal government.