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Authenticity of EVMs will be retained with EC's live demo: BJP

Updated: May 20, 2017 05:47 IST      
Authenticity of EVMs will be retained with EC's live demo: BJP

New Delhi/ Mumbai [India], May 20 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said that the live demo of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail System (VVPATs) by the Election Commission of India (ECI) will ensure credibility and the authenticity of the voting machine will be retained.

"It is Election Commission's duty to convince every citizens and every political party about the credibility of the EVM. It is between the election commission and the parties who are crying foul needlessly. I am sure that the Election Commission will ensure credibility and the authenticity of the EVMs will be retained," BJP leader S. Prakash told ANI.

He said that certain parties were creating huge ruckus against EVM hacking to cover up their own lapses in winning over the mandate of the people and the Election Commission's demo will remove their doubt.

Echoing similar sentiments, another BJP leader Shaina NC told ANI that the Election commission is a free and fair body and the live demo would remove all the doubt of the people raised on its tampering.

"They will demonstrate the working of the VVAPT machine and its functioning so that there is no aspersion cast on an independent body that upholds the spirit of the democracy," she said.

The Election Commission of India ECI will hold a live demonstration of EVMs and VVPATs in Delhi today.

There will also be a press conference on the " EVM Challenge".

Earlier this week, the poll panel had said it would offer an 'opportunity' to the political parties to prove that EVMs used in the recently held assembly polls were tampered with or can be tampered even with laid down safeguards.

The ECI also convened an all-party meeting over the issue of EVM and other electoral reforms.

In its communication to the presidents of all the seven national and 48 state political parties, the poll panel sent a status paper on EVMs and VVPAT.

Last month, sixteen opposition parties had urged the Election Commission to revert to the paper ballot system saying that the alleged tampering has created trust deficit in the credibility of the EVMs.

However, the poll body has been maintaining that EVMs are tamper proof and cannot be manipulated.

The Union Cabinet had given its nod to sanctioned funds of nearly Rs. 3,200 crore to procure more than 16 lakh VVPATs as sought by the Election Commission.

Besides EVMs, the meeting is expected to deliberate on making bribery in elections a cognisable offence, disqualification on framing of charges for the offences of bribery in elections and suggestions in VVPAT recount Rules.

On Tuesday, the AAP, during a special session of the Delhi assembly, conducted a live demonstration on how EVMs can be tampered with.

Reacting to the demonstration, the poll panel said the machine used to conduct live demonstration was a 'look-alike'' which was made to function in a 'tampered' manner.

A day before the all-party meeting, the AAP yesterday forwarded a new demand, calling for an all party committee to be formed under the monitoring of the Election Commission to ascertain whether EVMS were hacked in the recently held elections or not. (ANI)

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