Poll panel allows petitioners to show EVM’s tamperbility


New Delhi: The Election Commission Monday met petitioners who have filed cases in courts across the country challenging the efficacy of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and agreed to offer machines so they could demonstrate their claims of tamperability.

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“We met the Election Commission and demanded it offer us EVMs to demonstrate that these can be tampered with. The commission has agreed and will tell us tomorrow (Tuesday) of the time to give this demonstration,” Hari Prasad, managing director of Net India, a Hyderabad based software company, told IANS after the meeting.

Two engineers of Net India are also petitioners in this case.

All three Election Commissioners were present along with their expert committee at the meeting with the delegation which included observers from political parties and technical experts.

Prasad said he has asked for 20 EVMs that he will pick randomly from different booths to demonstrate that these can be tampered with.

The commission has reiterated several times that the machines were tamper-proof.

The first attack against the EVMs came from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L.K. Advani. Later, other political leaders also voiced their concerns about the reliability of the EVMs used during the April-May Lok Sabha polls.

Since many cases were filed on the matter in various courts, the commission invited those who had approached the courts and political parties to its headquarters in New Delhi to discuss the issue.