EVM Challenge Begins June 3

The Election Commission chief said the people who had questioned the reliability of EVMs have not yet submitted any proof or credible material to support their claim.
Nasim Zaidi

New Delhi: Brushing aside the EVM tampering, the Election Commission announced June 3 as the starting day of EVM challenge.  The Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi told in a press conference.

Zaidi said people who had questioned the reliability of EVMs have not yet submitted any proof or credible material to support their claim. He said replacement of the internal circuit of EVMs is not possible at all.

Notably, the commission has refused to use the term ‘Hackathon’ to describe the challenge, contending that the word cannot be used since EVMs are not connected to the Internet.

Asserting that the EVMs are tamper-proof, the Election Commission on Saturday demonstrated the working of EVMs and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System or VVPATs.

The Technical Officer at Electronics Corporation of India Limited or ECIL B P Mishra, condemned allegations against EVMs and demonstrated how the EVMs and VVPATs work.

“EVM tampering is not possible and the allegations of its malfunctioning are wrong,” Mishra told a news agency.

Today’s live demo comes amid allegations raised by the opposition that the EC’s EVMs are vulnerable to hacking and tampering. The claims first emerged after the recent Uttar Pradesh Assembly election, which saw the Bharatiya Janata Party romping to a huge win.

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