New Delhi, Apr 12: The Election Commission of India has countered the Opposition parties raising the issue of tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the recent elections, by throwing a challenge to them to prove that the EVMs could be tampered. The exercise will be taken up in the first week of the next month.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader and former Law Minister Veerappa Moily came out in support of the use of the EVM. A delegation of 16 political parties on Wednesday called on the President Pranab Mukherjee to lodge their complaint about the tampering of EVMs in favour of the BJP. The delegation was led by Congress President Sonia Gandhi and other Opposition leaders.
The Union Information Minister Venkaiah Naidu took a dig at the complaining opposition. When the Congress won the elections, or the AAP was elected with overwhelming majority, the EVMs were good and not tampered, he said. Now the BJP won the elections the EVMs have come under fire from them. This is ridiculous and they are expressing such views out of sheer frustration, Naidu said.
The challenge thrown by the ECI will be conducted in Nirvachan Sadan, the NCI HQ at New Delhi. The challenge will be open to people from the domain of technology as also the political parties for ten days.
Recently, there has been a growing criticism of the EVMs and the call for the return of ballot paper voting has gained momentum. Congress and AAP-led delegations had recently communicated their disapproval of EVMs to the Election Commission.
The opposition raked up the issue once again after a VVPAT machine in Madhya Pradesh dispensed only the BJP slips, no matter what button was pressed.