We Don’t Have Any Favourites: EC Tells Political Parties

The Election Commission clarifies that it has no favourites in political parties, amidst allegations of tampering of EVMs.

New Delhi: The Election Commission, which convened an all- party meeting on Friday to discuss the tampering controversy, clarified that it has no favourites in political parties.

a�?Election Commission to offer political parties chance to prove that EVMs used in recent polls were tampered with,a�? The Chief Election Commissioner Zaidi said, opening the discussion.

The Election Commission will maintain equidistance from all parties, as it is a Constitutional body, he said.

The political parties that were defeated in different States alleged about tampering of EVMs. The allegation snowballed into a major controversy. In this context, the all-party meeting was convened to debate the trustworthiness of EVMs.

After AAPa��s fiasco in the assembly, there was a debate over the definition of hacking. He said that the Commission received funds for Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail or VVPAT from the government, and it would be implemented by 2019.

Seven national attended the meeting aalong 35 recognised regional parties on Friday. The date of the proposed challenge will be decided after the meeting.

Responding to AAPa��s demonstration and its subsequent claim that EVMs can be tampered, the EC said, a�?the machine is a looka��alike and not the ECI-EVM.a�?

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