Elec­tion Com­mis­sion to call all-party meet­ing on EVMS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - Press Trust of India

AFTER THE AS­SEM­BLY ELEC­TIONS EAR­LIER THIS YEAR IN FIVE STATES, MANY PO­LIT­I­CAL PAR­TIES RAISED THEIR VOICE AGAINST THE USE OF EVMS

The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of India (ECI) will soon call a meet­ing of all po­lit­i­cal par­ties to as­sure them that the elec­tronic vot­ing ma­chines (EVMS) were tam­per-proof and se­cured, Chief Elec­tion Com­mis­sioner Nasim Zaidi said on Sat­ur­day.

He also said that the com­mis­sion in­tends to use Voter- Ver­i­fied Paper Au­dit Trail (VVPAT) in all com­ing elec­tions to bring in more trans­parency and to boost the con­fi­dence of peo­ple in the elec­toral process.

“We will soon hold an all­party meet­ing in which they will be told how our EVMS are non­tam­per­a­ble and se­cured as per our ad­min­is­tra­tive and tech­ni­cal safe­guard sys­tem,” the CEC told re­porters here.

He was re­spond­ing to ques­tions about al­le­ga­tions lev­elled by var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal par­ties against EVMS.

Re­cently six­teen op­po­si­tion par­ties had urged the ECI to re­vert to bal­lot sys­tem, claim­ing the faith of the peo­ple in EVMS had been “eroded”.

Zaidi also said that the ECI is plan­ning to “hold a chal­lenge” for which time frame is be­ing worked out.

The elec­toral body is plan­ning to throw an open chal­lenge, ask­ing any­one to try hack­ing its EVMS to dis­pel doubts of any mis­use, it is learnt.

The CEC also said that the ECI had placed an or­der for the sup­ply of VVPAT ma­chines for use in elec­tions.

“For VVPAT, we have got all the funds. We have placed an or­der for the sup­ply of 15 lakh VVPAT with two PSUS Bharat Elec­tron­ics Limited (BEL) and Elec­tronic Corporation of India (ECI),” in­formed Zaidi.

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