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EVMs were secured and could not tampered with: Election Commission


EC on Friday also said it will offer political parties an opportunity to prove that electronic voting machines used in the recent assembly polls were tampered with.

The Aam Aadmi Party, which tried to show that the voting machines could be tampered with i the Delhi assembly earlier this week, was represented at the meeting by Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia.

An all party meeting with the Election Commission on the issue of alleged EVM tampering began here on Friday.

All the seven national and 35 of the 48 state recognised political parties are attending the meeting.

"If there is a discrepancy in the number of votes polled and counted, then we surely have a problem in a democracy", said Poonawalla, adding that using the voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) alone will not ensure transparency in the poll process. Saurabh Bhardwaj leader of Aam Aadmi Party said that Supreme Court also has elevated queries on the genuineness of the EVMs.

At the meeting, the poll panel also made a presentation on EVMs explaining its secured design feature and highlighted "technical, administrative protocol and procedural safeguards that fortify the EVMs and VVPATs against any sort of manipulation or tampering".


Bhardwaj demonstrated that anyone could enter the polling both during polls and just enter some number through the tampered motherboard of the EVM to ensure that all votes go to that specific party. "In this context it should be understood that it is possible for anyone to make any electronic gadget which looks like ECI's EVMs and demonstrate any magic or tampering", the Commission said in a statement.

Using his own replica of EVM, Bhardwaj presented a model of tampering which could only be applied in the Polling booth during the actual poll. "Action should be taken against him for providing wrong information to the Election Commission", Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari said.

From all India Trinamool Congress's perspective, Mukul Roy demanded reintroduction of paper ballot system.

The poll panel reacted to this saying that the machine used to conduct live demonstration was merely a "look-alike". They also discussed queries raised about making bribery in elections a cognizable offence, disqualification on framing of charges for the offence of bribery in elections, and suggestions on VVPAT recount rules.

AAP lawmaker Saurabh Bharadwaj urged the Election Commission to form a panel of representatives of all political parties and experts from the poll panel to examine EVMs.

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