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Election Commission of India to throw open challenge: Check our EVMs

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To confront the allegations of manipulation and tampering of electronic voting machines in elections, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to soon give an “open challenge” to test the faithfullness of machines, said sources. “We will fix a date soon for this challenge. In 2009, too, the ECI had thrown an open challenge for all to demonstrate how EVMs can be tampered with but no one could prove it. Since such allegations have been raised once again, we have decided to repeat the exercise to put all doubts to rest,” said sources in the poll panel.

 

In this challenge representatives from political parties, people who know the technology, organisations and individuals who have raised doubts about the integrity of the commission’s EVMs will be invited. On Monday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had challenged the commission to make the EVMs available to the party for 72 hours and claimed that “we will read the code and rewrite it too”.

Following the party’s underwhelming performance in the Punjab assembly polls, Kejriwal had earlier alleged that the EVMs could be manipulated. Prior to that, BSP chief Mayawati also blamed faulty EVMs for her party’s rout in the UP assembly elections, with the charge being endorsed by the SP and the Congress. These parties have demanded that EVMs should not be used for elections unless equipped with a Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) facility.

These allegations found more strong on Saturday with the reports that a VVPAT machine used during a trial in Madhya Pradesh dispensed slips only with the BJP’s poll symbol. However the Commission has repeatedly denied the allegations, and dismissed Kejriwal’s latest charge as “baseless” on Monday.

 

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