New Delhi, May 12: To end all the rumors, the Election Commission of India has given a challenge to all political parties to prove that electronic voting machines (EVMs) can be tampered on upcoming Sunday and Monday.
The poll panel announces after meeting with representatives of 55 political parties, 16 of which had urged it to return to ballot papers, citing the tamper ability of the voting machines. Also, EC made a detailed presentation about the security features of EVMs, in front of all political parties.
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.
Last month, sixteen opposition parties had urged the poll body to revert to the paper ballot system saying that the alleged tampering has created trust deficit in the credibility of the EVMs. However, the commission has been maintaining that EVMs are tamper proof and cannot be manipulated. The poll panel intends to use Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) units attached with EVMs in the coming elections for greater transparency and to keep voters' confidence in the electoral process.
Earlier, Election Commission had rejected Aam Aadmi Party's claim of EVM tampering. The Commission said, it is possible for anyone to make any electronic gadget which looks-like the Election Commission's EVM and demonstrate any magic or tampering.
It said, the demonstrated machine is just a different gadget, which is manifestly designed and made to function in a tampered manner. The poll body said that gadgets other than ECI EVMs can be programmed to perform in a pre-determined way, but it simply cannot be implied that Commision's EVMs will behave in the same manner because they are technically secured and function under an elaborate administrative and security protocol.