No returning to paper ballots; EVMs with paper trail will put to rest all doubts: Nasim Zaidi
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 21-May-2017

New Delhi, May 21: Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said yesterday that there is no need of reverting to the paper ballot system because Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System will end all doubts of political parties. He said the EC had formed a committee to examine the issue and its report was submitted to the Supreme Court and the Law Ministry.

Election Commissioner Chief said, Majority of the political parties which participated in the all-party meeting had supported use of EVMs with paper trail machines. Commission has already announced that in all future elections to Lok Sabha and state assemblies VVPAT machines would be attached to all electronic voting machines, he added.

Earlier, The Election Commission will begin its 'EVM challenge' on June 3. Political parties will be invited to prove that Electronic Voting Machines used during the recent elections could be tampered with. Election Commissioner asked parties to prove both the tamperability of the machines as well as showing evidence on whether EVMs used during the recent polls were tampered.

The EVM Challenge is open for participation from the National and State Recognized Political Parties only which participated in the five States' Assemblies Elections viz. Goa, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, Said EC.

Each National and State Recognized Party intending to participate may nominate a maximum of 3 persons only to participate in the EVM Challenge. Also Political Party will be allowed to choose a maximum of 4 EVMs of their choice from any 4 polling stations out of the five poll-gone States, EC added.

Election Commission said that a challenge Slot of 4 Hours shall be allotted to each participating Political Party, wherein their registered nominees shall be given access to one of their chosen EVMs for the purpose of Proving the Challenge Statement.

However, Criticizing the Election Commission for imposing restrictions for hacking EVMs during June 3 hackathon, AAP announced that it would seek clarity from the poll panel. AAP leader Sanjay Singh said that a party delegation will meet the panel to review the restrictions. "One cannot just chant mantra and hack the machines. The EC should let us operate them," he added.