EVMs Tam­per-proof, Cred­i­ble, EC tells SC

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Sa­man­waya.Rau­tray @timegroup.com

New Delhi: The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of In­dia told the Supreme Court that elec­tronic vot­ing ma­chines (EVMs) were cred­i­ble, re­li­able and tam­per-proof.

In a fresh af­fi­davit sub­mit­ted to the court, the com­mis­sion said EVMs with voter ver­i­fi­able pa­per au­dit trails will be avail­able by Septem­ber next year, sub­ject to pro­duc­tion ex­i­gen­cies. Such ma­chines have al­ready been used in the pre­vi­ous as­sem­bly elec­tions as part of an ex­er­cise to in­tro­duce them in phases, it said. While the Com­mis­sion has said EVMs with pa­per au­dit trails will be ready for the next gen­eral elec­tion, sched­uled in 2019, it was non­com­mit­tal about us­ing them in the as­sem­bly polls sched­uled in Gu­jarat and Hi­machal Pradesh in De­cem­ber.

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