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EVMs tamperproof: Chawla

Itanagar, June 5: Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla today said electronic voting machines (EVMs) used in India are fully tamperproof and stand no chance of being hacked from any external sources.

Chawla, who arrived here today on a two-day visit to the state, also dismissed claims made by researchers from Michigan University and a Hyderabad-based scientist that the EVMs are nor tamper-proof. “The Election Commission of India takes exception to the claims of Michigan University researchers and a Hyderabad-based scientist that EVMs used in the country are not security proof. The EVMs used during the polls are tamperproof and cannot stand any chance of being hacked from any external source. No one can change voting results by sending text messages from mobiles. To ensure foolproof security, the EC sought the help of a committee of experts, which is represented by IIT professors, who verify the EVMs. So there is no chance of any security lapse,” Chawla told the mediapersons here today.

“We developed these EVMs after 25 years of toil and we took every measure to ensure security. The EVMs are foolproof, unlike the ones in European countries. There is a lobby working overtime to malign the image of the commission. Reputed companies like Bhel and EICL, which were entrusted with the work of manufacturing the EVMs, took all safety measures to make these foolproof,” he added.

Chawla said unlike in the US and other countries, a uniform system is used here in counting votes. “Apart from machines, the overall administrative safeguards which we use also makes it absolutely impossible for anybody to open the machine. Before the elections, the machines are set in the presence of the candidates and their representatives. These people are allowed to put their seal on the machine, and nobody can open the machine without breaking the seals,” the Chief Election Commissioner said.

Nearly 1.4 million EVMs were used during the last parliamentary election and the number of EVMs was more than the population of many European countries, he said.

Electronic photo identity cards were distributed to more than 80 per cent of voters in the country.

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