EVM tampering allegation by Opposition forces Rajya Sabha adjournment

Posted April 07, 2017

He asked the opposition to approach the Election Commission. "The Commission is fully satisfied with the tamper proof functioning of the ECI-EVMs", the ECI said in the letter. No one could prove it. Now in 2017, we will repeat this exercise.

Bhanwar Lal, special officer deputed by the Election Commission to supervise the by-polls in Ater and Bandhavgarh assembly seats, has rejected the charge of EVM tampering and instead blamed the local officials for not carrying out the mandated procedures before making the controversial demonstration. Kejriwal also claimed that in Madhya Pradesh's Bhind bypolls, the EC is deploying the same EVMs that were used in Uttar Pradesh polls. Opposition parties have been raising the issue of alleged tampering of EVMs.

The EVMs controversy erupted after several parties challenged the reliability of the machines after the BJP swept the Uttar Pradesh elections. "They have come from Kanpur district where Satyadev Pachouri was the candidate", Singh said. However, in case of VVPAT machines, the printed paper slips have to be retrieved at the time of counting and sealed in a paper envelope and only these sealed paper slips have to be kept inside the strong room along with the EVMs.

"They have lost mental balance because of defeat", said Naqvi.

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During a demonstration to the media ahead of the by-polls, the voter-verified paper audit trail showed the BJP as the voted party irrespective of which button was pressed on the machine. The slip drops in a box but the voter can not take it home.

"Now if that confidence is not there, the Election Commission does not require to become the advocate of the electronic voting machines".

Asking the EC not to take a cussed stand on the issue, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said that use of ballot papers for voting should not bother the Commission.

Mentioning reports about an EVM being tampered with in Madhya Pradesh, he also suggested that there could be an alternative mechanism to the machines.