Source: News Bharati English03 Apr 2017 17:22:00

New Delhi, April 3: In response to Aam Aadmi Party's allegations of alleged EVM tampering during the recently concluded assembly polls, the Election Commission has said that the issue of tamper-ability of EVMs have already been considered and dismissed by it.

Election Commission said that various High Courts have reiterated the fact that given the effective technical and administrative safeguards, EVMs are not tamperable, and integrity of electoral process is fully preserved.

With regard to some foreign countries having stopped using EVMs, the Commission said ECI's EVMs cannot be compared with machines of other countries because most of the systems which are used in other countries are computer-based and controlled with internet connectivity.

These could be vulnerable to 'hacking'. Software in ECI-EVM chip is one time programmable (OTP) and burnt into chip, Election Commission added. AAP had petitioned the EC, raising doubts over the veracity of the results in the recent Punjab polls, much like the BSP did over the UP result.

Meanwhile, The Election Commission is set to buy the next generation Electronic Voting Machines, EVMs that become inoperable the moment attempts are made to tinker with them. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on Friday, the Minister of State for Law PP Chaudhary said the 'M3'-type EVMs are also equipped with a self-diagnostic system for authentication of the genuineness of machines. These will come with a public key interface-based mutual authentication system.

The Law Ministry has said around the 1,940 crore rupees will be required to procure the new machines which are likely to be introduced by 2018. He said the Election Commission has decided to replace more than 9 lakh 30 thousand EVMs purchased before 2006 as the older machines are nearing their 15-year life cycle.